Shaw Festival to See a Relocated HENRY V

Co-directors Tim Carroll and Kevin Bennett relocate Henry V to a World War I dugout where William Shakespeare's drama of politics and war is acted out, experienced and debated among Canadian troops. Henry V, the first Shakespeare play to be produced at The Shaw, begins previews at the Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre on July 22.

1918. In a trench somewhere in France, a battalion of soldiers rehearse Henry V to pass the time as they prepare to go over the top. As the moment for the attack approaches, boundaries blur and the death-haunted, morally ambiguous world of the play merges with that of the combatants.

The production features Gray Powell as King Henry V with an ensemble cast of Damien Atkins, Kristopher Bowman, Julia Course, Patrick Galligan, Cameron Grant, Claire Jullien, Yanna McIntosh, Natasha Mumba, Ric Reid and Graeme Somerville.

The contrasting settings of a cramped dugout and a peaceful hospital far behind the lines are created by designer Camellia Koo and lighting designer Kevin Lamotte.

Henry V is on stage at the Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre (10 Queen's Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake) from July 22 to October 28 (Media Premiere August 8). This Shaw Festival production is proudly sponsored by BMO Financial Group and James and Diane King. The Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre is sponsored by Paradigm Capital Inc.

This production has an age recommendation of 12+.

To purchase tickets for the 2018 Festival season and Shaw Express, please contact the Shaw Festival Box Office at 1-800-511-SHAW and online at

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