Shakespeare Santa Cruz's 'Henry V' opens Aug. 9.
Inviting us back to the Glen for the concluding drama in Shakespeare’s turbulent “Henriad” trilogy, Shakespeare Santa Cruz unveils Henry V this weekend. Onto the handsomely expanded outdoor stage and seating area, a “happy few” seasoned players will present the Bard’s powerful saga of young Prince Hal transformed into the heroic King of England. After the death of his father, the maverick prince must grasp the reins of leadership. Shakespeare’s mesmerizing play follows the young king through a momentous battle he seems destined to lose, culminating in triumph on the field of Agincourt. With this conquest, Henry takes France along with a French princess as his Queen. Powered by Henry’s bravery and military wiles, the finale of the three-play drama transforms the king into the stuff of inspirational legend.
Returning to play Henry this season is Charles Pasternak, whose indelible portrayal last year of Prince Hal in Henry IV, Part II balanced the future king’s youthful excesses with his emerging gifts for leadership. Also with the festival this season is stalwart veteran V Craig Heidenreich, who last season played the aging King Henry IV, Hal’s father. This time, Heidenreich plays multiple roles, including King Charles of France and the Archbishop of Canterbury. SSC Artistic Director Marco Barricelli returns to the stage this season in the critical role of the Chorus, as well as Duke of Burgundy. Versatile festival favorite Mike Ryan returns as Henry’s uncle the Duke of Exeter. Henry’s brothers the Duke of Gloucester and Duke of Bedford are played by Conor Murphy and Christopher Costanza, respectively. Beatrice Basso plays Katharine, princess of France.