Bad Quarto Productions to Present Shakespeare's THE CRONICLE HISTORIE OF HENRY THE FIFTH Next Month
Bad Quarto brings the earliest printed version of William Shakespeare's Henry V to life this April in New York City. For the first time in 400 years, this shorter, more fast paced version of Henry V, which may be the original performance cut played by Shakespeare's acting company, will be played on stage in its entirety using both Shakespearean rehearsal and staging conditions.
The weight of the English crown but freshly set upon his head, King Harry plans an invasion of France to secure an ancient claim to that throne, and better keep the peace at home. But with only a quarter of the English army behind him, it will take a miracle, or a military genius, to bring anyone home alive.
The Cronicle Historie of Henry the Fift will play as follows as Studios 353, at 353 W. 48th St. (2nd Floor) in New York:
Saturday, April 12, Studio B: 8 PM
Sunday, April 13, Studio 1: 2 PM
Friday, April 18, Studio 1: 8 PM
Saturday, April 19, Studio 1: 8 PM
Saturday, April 26, Studio 1: 8 PM
Sunday, April 27, Studio 1: 2 PM
Pre-sale tickets are $15 online (http://croniclehistorieofhenryvt.bpt.me/), and $20 at the door ($10 with student ID). House and box office will open 30 minutes prior to each performance. For more information, please visit our website (http://www.badquarto.org), or contact our box office at (802) 473-1801, or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Performed using universal lighting, live acoustic music, cross-gendered casting, and other conventions of the early modern stage, Bad Quarto's production is fast and fun for those who love Shakespeare, and those who are a little bit afraid of him. Whether you've seen Henry V before, or this is your first production, audiences are sure to find something new in this 90 minute cut of Shakespeare's play, created by Shakespeare's acting company, that hasn't seen the light of a stage since the sixteenth century.
Founded in 2010, Bad Quarto Productions is devoted to bringing the forgotten plays of the English renaissance to life. With The Cronicle Historie of Henry the Fift, we are pleased to present another one of the "bad quarto" plays dismissed by early twentieth century scholars as corruptions of Shakespeare's vision. We believe these plays more closely capture the spirit of the English Renaissance than the versions that scholars have long preferred, and through them we can liberate Shakespeare from the classroom and give his works back to the people.