By William Shakespeare

Directed by Matthew Parker

14th – 31st August 2020

Presented by OVO

Running time:
90 minutes with no interval

Performance dates:
Fri 14 Aug 9pm
Sat 15 Aug 3pm
Sun 16 Aug 9pm
Wed 19 Aug 6pm
Fri 21 Aug 6pm
Sat 22 Aug 9pm
Sun 23 Aug 3pm & 6pm
Sun 30 Aug 9pm
Mon 31 Aug 3pm

“Now all the youth of England are on fire”

Henry IV is dead and the young Prince Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind and prove himself a worthy ruler. The young king becomes feted warrior as a tiny kingdom rouses its spirits to stake a claim on the towering throne of France.

From monarchs to miscreants, Lords to lackeys, Shakespeare’s Henry V unites a cross section of humanity on the historical fields of Agincourt in an epic battle for heart and home.

“And gentlemen in England now abed,
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here”

Fast forward to Summer 2020 and OVO reimagines the play in an outdoor classroom, where a group of eager drama students and their teachers come together (at a socially safe distance!) to bring this rousing, moving and frequently funny play to life with creativity, passion and wit.

A feisty, fresh and fast-paced adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic text by award winning director Matthew Parker, marking his debut for OVO.

Press on Parker’s previous work:
★★★★★ “Highly entertaining and engaging from start to finish.” London Theatre1
★★★★★ “Parker’s skilfully directed ensemble piece doesn’t falter for a second.” Stage Review
★★★★★ “One of the finest displays of acting & direction I’ve seen all year.” I Thankyou Theatre

Cast and Creatives

Luke Adamson

Student, Fluellen, Dauphin, Ely

Mara Allen

Student, Henry

Edward Elgood

Teacher, Gower, Orleans, Erpingham, Burgundy


Rachel Fenwick

Student, Boy, Cambridge, Katherine, Harfleur

Paula Gilmour

Student, Canterbury, Alice, Rambures, Bardolph

Cassandra Hodges

Teacher, Chorus, Westmorland, Williams

James Keningale

Student, Pistoll, Constable of France, Gray


Felipe Pacheco

Student, Exeter, Nym, Bates

Jack Reitman

Student, Gloucester, French King

Melissa Shirley-Rose

Student, Mountjoy, Hostess, Queen Isabel, Scrope

Director – Matthew Parker
Assistant Director – Oliver McFadden

Set – Simon Nicholas
Costume – Lizzie Thomson
Lighting – Adam Bottomley

Sound – Michael Bird
Stage Manager – Becky Brown




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