HENRY V - ONLINE
"All things be ready if our minds be so"
The country is exhausted; political infighting has plagued the people for far too long; Europe looks on and laughs.
A charismatic, untested young leader ascends the throne. The people hold their breath... Yet Henry's vision will see him and his country turn around their shattered state, take pride in who they are and collectively forge a new peace and prosperity.
Streamed live to your homes, Henry V carries a powerful message of unity and hope, and that when we work together, the impossible IS possible.
Here's a quick word from our fabulous director Caroline Devlin who returns to GSC to re-imagine her 5-STAR 2014 production for an online audience:
"So I’m preparing to direct Henry V in a time of global pandemic... media is bombarding me with talk of bleak futures, a doomed youth, depressed generation... I thought, stop! Let’s change this conversation. Henry is young, completely inexperienced and his country a total mess. But ignoring the circumstances, he dreams big, risks big and most importantly, discovers his humanity. Inspiring his ‘band of brothers’ he achieves the impossible, creating a new era of hope and possibility. So after a year of trauma and instability, what is our vision?"
Performed by just 5 actors in isolation we'll carry you from London to Paris via Southampton, and of course to the bloody battlefield of Agincourt. This is Shakespeare's rousing history play as you've never seen it before.
Henry V will be GSC's 6th original, live online show since March 2020, and follows in the footsteps of the award-nominated The Wind in the Willows, sell-out 4-STAR A Christmas Carol and A Midsummer Night's Dream. This production will build on the digital innovations from the last 12 months, bringing a freshness to one of Shakespeare's most popular plays.
Every performance of Henry V will be captioned and there will be a special audio described introduction. Read on for more
YOUR IMAGINARY FORCES
GSC has been working with aspiring artists – of any age, any ability, any medium - to join us in bringing this epic play to life, by sharing your creative responses to the play and its themes of LOVE, HUMANITY and NEW BEGINNINGS. Tell me more!
WE'RE YOU WITH US IN 2014? Relive the show at Guildford Cathedral...
CASTGAVIN FOWLER - HENRY V
CHRIS PORTER - EXETER, PISTOL, JAMY, DUKE OF BOURBON, DUKE OF BURGANDY, GREY
For GSC: Thy Eternal Summer, Julius Caesar, The Winter’s Tale, The Taming of the Shrew, The Wind in the Willows, Henry V, Twelfth Night, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor & Sonnet Walks 1,2 & 4.
Other theatre credits: The Effect (English Theatre Frankfurt); 2019 Summer Season at Theatre by the Lake; Pressure (Touring Consortium and Park Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Kenneth Branagh Co.); Round and Round the Garden (Mill At Sonning); Magnificence & Martine (Finborough); Friend or Foe (Colchester Mercury); The Hypochondriac (Liverpool Playhouse and ETT); Victory (Arcola); Hard Times (Compass); Onysos the Wild (503 and Traverse); Tartuffe (Watermill); Angels Among The Trees (Nottingham Playhouse); Saints Day and The Road to Ruin (Orange Tree Theatre); The Art of Success (Arcola); The Winter’s Tale and The Maid’s Tragedy (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Dwarfs, The Local Stigmatic and Lakeboat (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith & Assembly Rooms).
Film: Murder on the Orient Express (dir. Kenneth Branagh), The Winslow Boy (dir. David Mamet).
EMILY TUCKER - FRENCH AMBASSADOR, BOY, CONSTABLE, GOWER, KATHERINE, GOVERNOR
For GSC: King Lear, Twelfth Night, Henry V, Legend of King Arthur
Other theatre credits include: Blithe Spirit (Duke of York, Richard Eyre); Much Ado About Nothing, Absurd Person Singular (Watford Palace); Suddenly Last Summer, Lady of the Lake, Fallen Angels (Theatre by the Lake); Fortune's Fool (Old Vic); A Warsaw Melody (Arcola); The Man Who Pays the Piper, The Stepmother (Orange Tree); Trials of Oscar Wilde, Twelfth Night (Rabble); As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Actors' Church); Shiver (National Theatre Studio/Theatre6).
Film credits include: The Convent, The Seasoning House (Sterling Pictures); Embraceable You (Best Isolation Short @ LAMP Festival); Lady Macbeth (Artyfarty Ltd); The Long Walk Home (Nine Yards Films).
TV credits include: Not Safe For Work (Channel 4).
PAULA JAMES - WESTMORELAND, NYM, CAMBRIDGE, KING OF FRANCE, MCMORRIS, MONTJOY, WILLIAMS
For GSC: A Christmas Carol, Thy Eternal Summer, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Robin Hood, Julius Caesar
Trained: Drama Studio London.
Theatre credits include: The Snow Queen (Park Theatre); Collapsing Creation (Brockley Jack); Hamlet (Iris Theatre); FE: The Comedy Of Errors (RSC); The Gingerbread Man (Derby Theatre / UK Tour); Dead Reckoning (Young Vic); In Versions (The Umbrella Rooms); Alice In Wonderland (Derby Theatre); Snow Child (Tutti Frutti/ York Theatre Royal); Birdwatching (RADA Festival); Into the Glade (The Space); New Vic Hoard Festival (New Vic Theatre); The Revenger's Tragedy (Brockley Jack); Not With A Whimper (Arcola Theatre); Duvet Day (Theatre Delicatessen); Price Tag, Emil and The Detectives (Red Earth Theatre/UK Tour); The Tragedy Of Mariam (Tristan Bates Theatre); Gulliver's Travels (TNT/International Tour); Electra (The Space); Hecuba (New Diorama); Wheelman, Stronger Even Than Me Is We, A Puppet In The Works (Battersea Arts Centre).
MATT PINCHES - BARDOLPH, SCROOP, DAUPHIN, FLUELLEN, ALICE, ERPINGHAM, BATES
Trained: Bretton Hall. Co-Founder of GSC, appearing in over 35 productions.
Matt has been working in theatre for over 20 years, from panto to TIE, from national No.1 tours to village halls. He established GSC with Sarah in 2006, and is extremely proud of the journey they, GSC and their audiences have been on. During this time, Matt has had the privilege of playing many dream parts, including: Benedick (Much Ado); Toad (Wind in the Willows), Edgar (King Lear), Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Cassio (Othello), Touchstone (As You Like It), Bottom (Dream), Laertes (Hamlet). Matt is responsible for marketing, web development and sponsorship, and alongside Sarah, the theatre company’s overall development and strategy. He has recently rediscovered his love for rugby and now that he has a garden, is becoming a bit of a twitcher. Matt has recently been appointed to the Public Art Advisory Group for Guildford Borough.
Adaptor & Director
Sound Design & Composition
DATES, TIMES & TICKETS
DATES & TIMES (all UK BST)
Thursday 22 April 7pm
Friday 23 April 8pm SOLD OUT
Saturday 24 April 3pm
Saturday 24 April 7.30pm
Sunday 25 April 3pm
Sunday 25 April 7pm
Running time approx. 70mins
£20 per device (max two people per device) | There are only 90 tickets available at each performance.
Household of 3?
• Book one device £20 (if you all want to be at the same one) and add a £10 donation to cover the extra family members.
Household of 4? There's two options:
• Book for two devices, or
• Book one device £20 (if you all want to be on the same device) and add a £20 donation to cover the extra family members
ALL TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE & NON-EXCHANGEABLE
HOW IT WORKS
• On the day of the performance, you will receive an invitation by email, usually around Noon.
• This invitation will include an electronic link which gives you access to the performance.
• On arrival you will be held in a virtual waiting room.
• Please note, the performance will not begin before the scheduled start time.
• Henry V is delivered by Zoom, and help will be given in advance of the event starting should you need it.
• Our team will also be on hand during the event should you have any technical problems.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You will watch this show on an electronic device - a phone, tablet, laptop or computer. Your ticket is for that one device. We say that up to two people may watch the show on one device because if you live with someone we want you to share the experience of the show together (rather than being in separate rooms on different devices!).
However, in order to ensure that GSC generates enough revenue to pay the wages of the artists involved and to keep making great theatre in the future, we request that if there are more than two of you in the same household watching, you either buy a second device or make a donation. See the ticket details above.
HOW DO I WATCH THIS?
HENRY V will be live streamed using Zoom. You can watch on your phone or tablet, though we recommend using a laptop or PC/Mac for better quality. Whatever you choose to view it on, we recommend you download Zoom to your device first - it is free and follow the instructions on one of the links below. Do this in advance of the production so that you can check everything is working correctly. Email us if you have any questions, or visit the Zoom Help Centre
DOWNLOAD ZOOM (select 'Zoom Client for Meetings')
CAN I WATCH ZOOM ON MY TV*
You may be able to watch HENRY V on your TV if you can connect your device to it. Zoom does not have a TV app.
For laptops, if your TV has a HDMI port, you can connect your laptop to your TV using one of these.
Simply identify the HDMI ports on your TV and laptop, then connect the two devices together using a HDMI cable (you can purchase these from most electrical stores and larger supermarkets). On your TV select either HDMI 1 or HDMI 2 as the source, depending on whether you have anything else plugged in.
Then turn on your laptop and your desktop screen should now be on your TV screen. You can use your laptop to log in to Zoom and watch the show on your big screen.
The above links are from external providers, freely available on the internet, and GSC are not responsible for any incorrect information.*We cannot guarantee that you’ll be able to connect your device to your TV, and GSC take no responsibility if you cannot do so. The surest and easiest way to watch our show is on a laptop or PC, using the free Zoom app. We strongly advise you to test your devices BEFORE the show begins to ensure everything is working properly.
CAN I SHARE MY LINK WITH OTHER PEOPLE?
NO. The unique link you get in the email we send you will be for you and the performance you have booked for.
If you have booked for more than one household you may share this link with them but YOU MUST COPY US IN when you send them the link and include their names. Please use [email protected] when copying us in. This is so that we know who is attending the performance. If we see a name or email address that we do not recognise we may not admit them.
WHY IS CAPACITY LIMITED?
We're committed to bringing you the very best theatre experience we can, but with limited staff numbers we have to restrict the number of devices at each performance to ensure we can both manage the show and any technical difficulties that may arise.
WILL THERE BE ASSISTED PERFORMANCES?
Every performance for Henry V will be live captioned, using Otter.ai. Captioning can be particularly helpful for people who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. When you log in to the performance using the link we send you on the day, the option to turn on live captioning will be at the bottom of the screen. You can also adjust the size of the captions using this facility.
There will be a specially recorded introduction from our regular Describer, Kerry Elkins, and featuring the voices of the cast. This will be available on our website from 20 April. We regret at this stage we are not able to offer a full live audio described service for this performance.
In the meantime if you would like to let us know that you are interested in Assisted Performances and what your needs are we would love to hear from you. Email us at [email protected]
CAN I WATCH THIS OUTSIDE THE UK?
Absolutely! The performances are live and the scheduled times above are at UK BST (British Summer Time).
I BOUGHT MY TICKET BUT I'VE NOT HEARD FROM YOU
Please check your SPAM/JUNK folder - some internet providers' firewalls mean that our automated emails sometimes do not always get through. Also, please check your email confirmation - the email on here will be the email that you gave at the time of booking, and is what we will use to contact you.
If you need further assistance, please email us