New Jersey Shakespeare Festival (NJSF) opens its outdoor production of Henry V, July 18 on the football field at Bayley-Ellard High School, Madison. The production previews July 18 at 8 PM, opens July 19 at 8 PM and runs through Aug. 3.
Shakespeare's epic tale of the eternal skirmish over land will also mark the first outdoor mainstage production at the Festival in recent history. Bayley-Ellard High School's football field will become the playing area and the bleachers the viewing area for this unique production.
The play -- full title, The Life of Henry V -- is the story of the young 15th century English king coming of age as he plans the battle of Agincourt against the French. With an ill-fitted army and the odds against him mounting, Henry must summon his courage and that of his loyal and steadfast army and face the foe or risk loss of the throne. Henry V is full of famously stirring speeches, including "Once more unto the breach, dear friends."
Audiences are invited to attend the Symposium Series, in which the audience can attend a discussion with members of the Festival staff, company of artists and cast about the performance. Symposium performances are Tuesday, July 22 at 8 PM and Saturday, August 2 at 2 PM.
NJSF is New Jersey's only Equity theatre dedicated to the presentation of the Shakespeare canon and other rarely-seen classics, and has a long standing commitment to the development and education of young audiences. The Life of Henry V runs July 18 through Aug. 3 on the football field at Bayley-Ellard High School, 205 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ. Regular performance are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM.
Tickets are general admission, and patrons are welcome to picnic prior to the performance. For tickets and more information, call the Festival Box Office at (201) 408-5600 or visit the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival regional theatre listings on Playbill On-Line.
--By Sean McGrath