Sooooo, we were VERY lucky to get hold of the much sought after tickets for Henry V at the Noel Coward Theatre in London.
We had already heard how “Good” it was supposed to be and that “Jude Law is excellent”. I was a little apprehensive, as the last “King’s” Shakespear play I saw, was in September at the Globe – think, hard seats, open air, cold and a terribly looong play. I had a Shakespear phase then and yet it was all a little much. I have been reluctant about any of the King plays since – too long and too serious for this hard working Londoner.
So. We arrived, the stage was simple, but look great.
The play begins. As per usual, it took me a little while to get back into the Shakespear lingo, but before long, I was engrossed. Jude Law was indeed excellent. The stage worked amazingly well (I am impressed that such a simple stage can be so effective, with lighting and sound effects to highlight it). The play lasted just over 2.5 hours, normally that would have me wriggling in my seat and wishing the end to come.
But overall it was just serious enough to pay tribute to Shakespear and peppered with light hearted interludes of childish French Princes, great Welshman and hilarious “Pistol” characters. The icing on the cake is a brilliant and quirky scene between Jude Law and Princess Catherine. Jude Law at his “flirtatious” best.
Love it. 10 Stars all round.