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21 October 2014– 16 November 2014

Venue: Playhouse  View Seat Map
Presented by: Bell Shakespeare

“Damien Ryan’s production is unmissable theatre.” The Canberra Times

Incredibly moving and relentlessly energetic, Bell Shakespeare’s gripping
Henry V arrives in Sydney next week following rave reviews and sell-out shows across Australia.


Bell Shakespeare presents

Damien Ryan’s vision for Henry V is inspired by a true story – in 1941, for 57 consecutive nights during the London Blitz, a group of boys trapped in a bunker rehearsed a new play each week and would then perform it for others in the shelter. This production explores the rite of passage that violence and conflict offer as a threshold to manhood. It confronts the fact that – for all the horrors of war – true courage and brotherhood can inspire remarkable achievements.

In this gripping new Henry V, a talented young cast tell the story of a king who unites his ‘band of brothers’ and a nation with his eloquent words and ideas, his triumphs and humanity. When the battle is won, this production will leave you feeling uplifted and exhilarated with the belief that the impossible is possible.

Artist Information

By William Shakespeare
Director Damien Ryan
Designer Anna Gardiner
Lighting Designer Sian James-Holland
Sound Designer Steve Francis
Vocals Composer Drew Livingston
Movement Director Scott Witt
Dialect & Voice Coach Jess Chambers
Assistant Director Susanna Dowling

With Keith Agius, Matthew Backer, Darcy Brown, Gabriel Fancourt, Danielle King, Drew Livingston, Michael Sheasby, Damien Strouthos, Ildiko Susany & Eloise Winestock

Pricing Information

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

Preview $45
Standard $75 - $79
Concession* $65 - $72
Senior $68 - $75
Group 8+** $65 - $72
Under 30*** $35 - $48
Booking fee applies per transaction

$8.50 - Contact Centre
$8.50 - Internet
$5.00 - Box Office Counter

Pricing Information Explained

Pricing Information Explained

For events which offer concession pricing, if you purchase concession tickets, please ensure you have your Proof of Concession with you when you attend an event.

*Concessions applies to any mean tested Australian pensions (Aged Disability, Veterans' Affairs, Health Care, Job Search, Supporting Parent), Full-Time Students and MEAA members.
**Group bookings available for 8 or more. See below for details.
***Under 30 prices are available to those turning 30 in 2014 or under. Strictly limited, also limited to 4 tickets per transaction.


Ticket Booking Enquiries: For all general booking enquiries please email the Contact Centre or call on +61 2 9250 7777 for more information.

Groups Bookings: Please email the Group Booking team or call on +61 2 9250 7700 for more information.

Insider Prices: Insiders are Sydney Opera House members. Insiders get waived booking fees, up to 20% off Sydney Opera House Presents shows and more. More Info

Performance Dates

The following performances are Previews

Tuesday 21 October 7:30pm
Wednesday 22 October 7.30pm

Running Time:
Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 20 minute interval


‘It’s exciting theatre of the highest order.’ ★★★★½ – The Sunday Telegraph

‘absolutely electrifying... a truly spectacular theatrical achievement’
 – The Daily Telegraph

‘inventive and impressively energetic’
 ★★★★– Sydney Morning Herald

‘Bell Shakespeare’s ingenious production with have you crying God for Harry, England and St George’ ★★★★– Time Out Sydney

‘really quite breathtaking... the ensemble cast is phenomenal’ ★★★★½ – The Brag

'incredibly moving' ★★★★½ - Herald Sun

'Bell Shakespeare's Henry V is delightfully scrappy and relentlessly energetic... Ryan's direction of his youthful cast pays off flawlessly.' ★★★★- Daily Review

'The result is that this Henry V is much more emotionally resonant than most modern productions.' ★★★★ - ArtsHub

'...a striking and atmospheric ensemble production with an impressive command of Shakespeare's verse.' ★★★½ - The Age

'...Damien Ryan's production is unmissable theatre.' - Canberra Times

'This kind of connection is exactly what we should be doing with Shakespeare.' - The Conversation

'There could be few productions of Henry V scrappier, less heroic or more affecting than this.' - The Australian

'Bell Shakespeare's Henry V is a glorious and tangible production, and only further cements their dominance over the Shakespeare scene in Australia.' - Australian Stage

'I hope that schools throughout the country will get to see this marvellous production and fall in love with Shakespeare for the first time…all over again. Well might Harry, in his rallying speech, have said "Cry God for Australia, Theatre, and Bell Shakespeare." ' - Stage Whispers

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