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Munby's Henry V: Full Of Fun

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Munby's Henry V: Full of Fun Jonathan Munby's version of Henry V has a contemporary battlefield with soldiers running around in camouflage gear and machine guns, and the fields of France are reduced to a metal grill! But do not be discouraged as this so-called metal grill has a few tricks up its sleeve. It could become a steeply sloping ramp dramatically emerging for the exciting battle charge with cannons belching smoke and the rumble of war never far away and then turn into a metallic bridge rising up through pouring rain, under which soldiers wade through water in their modern army clothing. ...read more.

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The night before Agincourt is more important in this play than the battle. The most memorable moment here is when Henry throws off his cloak, announcing himself "Harry Leroy," and still manages to fool the soldier Williams. Nevertheless Cowan (debut as a leading character) as Henry is quite admirable as he timidly starts his speeches and nearly ends up in shouts of rage which can be heard over the cries of war. ...read more.

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The whole production is held together narratively by Gerard Murphy, as both the chorus and Exeter, who does an excellent job and looks like an old sergeant major. There are many more creditable performances in this sixteen-strong cast such as Tom Vaughn as the spontaneous and rash Dauphin. Also Claire Cox, when she is admirably fussy in the French language episodes and takes up the as the intelligent and decisive princess. HENRY V ...read more.

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