Henry V

by James N. Loehlin

Henry V Synopsis

This study examines the profound changes that twentieth-century performance has wrought on Shakespeare's complex drama of war and politics. What was accepted at the turn of the century as a patriotic celebration of a national hero has emerged in the modern theatre as a dark and troubling analysis of the causes and costs of war. The book details the theatrical innovations and political insights that have turned one of Shakespeare's most traditional-bound plays into one of his most popular and provocative. Henry V gives details analyses of several important modern productions. Beginning with a consideration of the play's political significance in Elizabethan London, the book goes on the reveal its subsequent reinvention, both as patriotic pageant and anti-war manifesto. Individual chapters consider important productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and other British and North American companies, as well as the landmark film versions. A compelling account of the theatrical revolution that has transformed one of Shakespeare's most challenging plays. -- .

Book Information

ISBN: 9780719059445
Publication date: 4th May 2000
Author: James N. Loehlin
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Categories: Shakespeare studies & criticism,

About James N. Loehlin

James N. Loehlin is Associate Professor of English at University of Texas, Austin -- .

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