Henry the Fifth
When we first met Prince Hal in 1 Henry the Fourth, he warned us that he was duplicitous and scheming. And in this play one can make a case that he is not only a war hero, but a war criminal as well. As usual, Shakespeare does not create neat, tidy plays with one layer. Dig beneath the surface in this play, really read the lines carefully. “For, though I speak it to you, I think the king is but a man, as I am."
If your group reads the plays straight through in one sitting and you want to divide up the parts, we have a number of “cast” lists already divided up for you. These are text files that you edit to suit your group. We always recommend in a straight-through read that each participant take a moment beforehand to mark their parts—then everything proceeds so smoothly. (coming soon)
• Cast for 7, plus a reader for Stage Directions
• Cast for 8, plus a reader for Stage Directions
• Cast for 9, plus a reader for Stage Directions
• Cast for 12, plus a reader for Stage Directions
For those of you who provide parts a scene at a time, this Character Chart shows all the characters' lines in each scene: Henry the Fifth
The Internet Shakespeare from the University of Virginia offers supplementary and related materials such as the texts of a number of sources (the Chronicles of both Holinshed and Hall), an earlier play about Henry the Fifth, a ballad of Agincourt (ballads were used sort of as newspapers that relay stories), and more.
At least three film versions of Henry the Fifth to choose from, each with its good points and other points:
This is an audio recording of the play by professional actors with sound effects:
Edited-for-film versions of the Henriad, four discs: Richard the Second, Henry the Fourth parts One and Two, and Henry the Fifth