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Kenneth Branagh

Review: New Theatre's Henry V is slim yet imaginative

At the beginning of New Theatre's slimmed-down new "Henry V," the man most responsible for this interpretation of the play stands in front of the stage inviting the audience to (as William Shakespeare puts it) "piece out our imperfections with your thoughts."

The speech by the history play's traditional one-man "chorus" acknowledges the obvious – no theater can replicate Henry's invasion of France and the vast, bloody Battle of Agincourt – so the actor asks the audience to collaborate in imagining a fuller version of the story the cast is about to tell. In other words, suspend your disbelief and join in a tale of politics, war, betrayal and...

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