Henry V has settled onto the throne and has the makings of a fine king when the French ambassador brings a challenge from the Dauphin. Inspired by his courtiers Exeter and York, Henry swears that he will, with all force, answer this challenge. The chorus tells of England's preparations for war and Henry's army sails for France. After Exeter's diplomacy is rebuffed by the French king, Henry lays a heavy siege and captures Harfleur. The French now take Henry's claims seriously and challenge the English army to battle at Agincourt.
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Henry IV and Henry V: Costume Designer Annie Symons
"I looked at football hooligans, the way they move and wear colours. We thought about war as sport which it definitively was in the age of chivalry."
Costume Designer Annie Symons discusses the creative and practical process of clothing the cast.
|Mistress Quickly||Julie Walters|
|The Chorus||John Hurt|
|Thomas Erpingham||Paul Freeman|
|Duke of Burgundy||Richard Griffiths|
|Duke of York||Paterson Joseph|
|Earl of Salisbury||Richard Clothier|
|Bishop of Ely||Nigel Cooke|