• Henry V

Event Details

Wed 21 Oct - Sat 31 Oct

Time: 7.30pm with 2.30pm Saturday matinee & 3pm Sunday matinee

Venue: 41 Monkgate Theatre

Ticket Information: £12, £10 concessions. Special Student Offer - £5 Sat 24th 2.30pm only.

Booking Fee: £1 transaction fee per booking

Age Recommendations: 8+

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Producer: York Shakespeare Project

Directed by: Maggie Smales

Henry V

Let York Shakespeare Project take you back in time to World War One to watch the ‘Barnbow Lasses’ present Henry V.

Enter into the world of the munitions factory; smell the cordite, hear the noise, watch the women work and share in their enactment of Shakespeare’s most famous history play, Henry V, as they explore the meaning of war through Shakespeare’s own discourse. Shakespeare presents Henry V as a king who matches the idealised national hero whilst also revealing another less appealing side of his character on more than one occasion. His play shows us Henry set in context of the full spectrum of class and rank and it is as much about the experiences of war for the people living through it as it is about those who wage it.

The all-female company is modelled on the Elizabethan tradition of a single gender ensemble. Not Lord Chamberlain’s Men or The King’s Men then, rather ‘The Barnbow Lasses’. Possibly the largest munitions factory in Europe, the Barnbow factory, just outside Leeds, employed women and girls from all over Yorkshire, including York. An explosion in December 1916 completely destroyed one of the factory sheds, leaving 35 dead and many more severely injured.  

As the timing of this production coincides with a special 600th anniversary of Agincourt and recent commemorations of World War One, it is also an opportunity for York to remember its own rather forgotten ‘heroes’: our own munitionettes.

Photos of the Henry V movement rehearsals (credit: John Saunders) and dress rehearsal (credit: Michael J Oakes) are on Facebook.

Special Offer for students on Saturday 24th matinee £5 tickets available with proof of student status (please bring proof with you on the day).