Tag Archives: Michelle Terry

As You Like It

Shakespeare’s Globe, London ****

© Tristram Kenton, the Globe Ensemble in As You Like It.

Democratic, open, inclusive seem to be the key words for Michelle Terry’s approach to her inaugural season. New artistic director; new directions. A Globe Ensemble performing two plays, As You Like It and Hamlet, rehearsing together and breathing the same rehearsal air in a process designed to free up the plays to fresh interpretation. Continue reading

Henry V

Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, London (****)

© Johan Persson, the Battle of Agincourt, Regent's Park Company

© Johan Persson, the Battle of Agincourt, Regent’s Park Company

A female Henry V is apparently not new. During WW1, the Regent’s Park programme informs us, the part was taken by `the fifteen year old Fabia Drake as a diminutive Henry in baggy chain mail.’ One hundred years later, on the eve of the Chilcot Report, Michelle Terry plays Shakespeare’s martial `hero’ as a female monarch, more Elizabeth I than the last woman to lead England into war, namely Margaret Thatcher. Continue reading