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National Theatre Live: Henry V

Opens on September 9

Director: Max Webster Run Time: 180 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2022

Starring: Kit Harington

Country: United Kingdom
Language: English

The Film Center is proud to partner with National Theatre Live to present world-class performances filmed live on Britain’s most exciting stages.

About the film:

Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) plays the title role in Shakespeare’s thrilling study of nationalism, war and the psychology of power. Fresh to the throne, King Henry V launches England into a bloody war with France. When his campaign encounters resistance, this inexperienced new ruler must prove he is fit to guide a country into war.

Captured live from the Donmar Warehouse in London, this exciting modern production directed by Max Webster explores what it means to be English and Britain’s relationship to Europe, asking: do we ever get the leaders we deserve?

“In this game of thrones Kit Harington’s young king is subtle, precise, steadily growing in resolution.”

—Susannah Clapp for the Guardian (UK)

About the filmmaker:

Max Webster is a celebrated British theatre director who specializes in new work, opera and live music events. He has helmed major productions in London at The Old Vic, The Globe Theatre and English National Opera, as well as across Europe, North America and Asia. His stage play adaptation of Ang Lee’s Life of Pi (2012) won five Olivier awards in 2022, including Best New Play and Best Set Design. He is currently an Associate Director at The Donmar Warehouse, where he directed a modern production of Shakespeare’s “Henry V”, filmed for National Theatre Live in 2022.

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