Journals Higher Education



Published: 04 May 2000

190 Pages | 12 Illustrations, black & white

8.5 x 5.5 inches

ISBN: 9780719059445

Bookseller Code (06)


Henry V

James N. Loelin

Published by Manchester University Press

Shakespeare in Performance MUP

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.


Also of Interest