Henry V Throughout History: The King Has Killed His Heart

Henry V Throughout History: The King Has Killed His Heart

As our journey through the different filmed versions of William Shakespeare’s Henry V continues, we come to a very significant incarnation – Kenneth Branagh’s 1989 film. In 1989, Kenneth Branagh took the task of adapting The Bard’s history play Henry V for the big...
Henry V Throughout History: A Gallant King?

Henry V Throughout History: A Gallant King?

This is our final analysis of the BBC’s 1979 production of Henry V. So far, this televised adaptation has portrayed Henry as a conflicted and difficult-to-read monarch – at times ruthless and brutal, at others quiet and contemplative. Indeed, this changeable version...
Henry V Throughout History: The King Is But A Man

Henry V Throughout History: The King Is But A Man

In our on-going analysis of William Shakespeare’s Henry V history play, we come again to the 1979 TV production starring David Gwillim. There’s a fascinating spot-the-difference game to be played between different versions of Henry V. In the act of script editing, the...
Henry V Throughout History: The Poring Dark – On TV

Henry V Throughout History: The Poring Dark – On TV

As part of our on-going mission to chart the cultural significance of William Shakespeare’s Henry V, we begin looking at the 1979 TV version directed by David Giles. This week, we’ll focus on the opening scenes, and how they set the stage for a more realistic and...
Henry V Throughout History: O Noble Judi Dench!

Henry V Throughout History: O Noble Judi Dench!

This week we’re going to look at some of the earliest footage you can still watch of William Shakespeare’s Henry V being performed. This is part of our ongoing quest to chart the history play’s cultural significance in the years since The Bard penned it, tying into...

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