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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