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Twelfth Night, Cymbelline, Henry V, which should I see?(6 posts)

Twelfth Night, Cymbelline, Henry V, which should I see?OutWest
May 21, 2002 7:17 AM
I've got 2 tickets to an open air play, at Bard-On-The-Beach in Vancouver this summer. We went last year to Two Gentlemen Of Verona and it was a blast. I am not very well read on Shakespeare, mainly the comedies. Twelfth Night would be safe but I like to explore, I was wondering if anybody could give me any input about the other 2,Henry V especially. I understand that Cymbelline is a "chick-play" (forgive me, oh immortal Bard), a drama but I wouldn't want to dismiss Henry V as potentially being dry. Is it more for history and theatre buffs? I will be reading the play before we go. You know, last year it was a rainy, stormy night, perfect for Hamlet or Macbeth!
re: Twelfth Night, Cymbelline, Henry V, which should I see?mickey-mac
May 21, 2002 7:36 AM
I'd go with Henry V. Great pre-battle speech, great battle. A bad production can make any Shakespeare play dry, but I've always liked Henry V.
Henry VMcAndrus
May 21, 2002 8:33 AM
I've only seen the movie by Kenneth Branaugh. I suspect the impact of the play depends a lot on the performances (Duh!) but for my money, the St. Crispin's Day speech alone is worth the price of admission.
re: Twelfth Night, Cymbelline, Henry V, which should I see?MikeC
May 21, 2002 10:40 AM
Hank's pep talk at the Siege of Agincourt is one of THE great monologues of all time. Vince Lombardi was a piker! And there's a load of other cool stuff, too. Imagine being the poor servant who has to stand there when Henry gets his gift from the Dauphin. He's expecting serious booty, but gets "Tennis balls, my liege..." An awesome put-down which helps start a war!
Go with Henry V.
I just love it whenMcAndrus
May 21, 2002 12:40 PM
Henry calls the prince of France, "dolphin" instead of "dauphine" (forgive my French). I think I was the only one watching who got the joke. I watch that movie at least once a year.
Wow, with a response like that its Henry V, hands down!OutWest
May 21, 2002 8:32 PM
Thank you for the input, I told my wife that a bunch of cyclists said to go to Henry V and she said it was still a good idea. :-) I'll let you know how it is, I am really excited. Although I've been reading some Shakespeare for years I have only seen a couple of plays in my life and the last one (Two Gentlemen...) was fantastic!