Precis: Fresh to the throne, King Henry V launches England into a bloody war with France. Toxic masculinity, Brexit, war in Europe - the historic echoes ring loud in our modern ears.
Henry V opens with a burst of energy at a nightclub with a worse for wear party prince. It's a scene lifted from Henry IV part 2 and is an important reminder of Henry V's past and subsequent transformation into a serious king. Melissa Johns (Mistress Quickly), David Judge (Nym), Danny Kirrane (Pistol), Steven Meo (Falstaff), and Claire-Louise Cordwell (Bardolph) are all great.
This is a powerful production. Kit Harington plays Henry with much nuance, sometimes quiet and considered perfectly highlighting the character's complex and often contradictory nature.