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The Globe's Henry V - full casting announced

Henry V

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FULL casting has been announced for Henry V, which will tour the UK for six weeks prior to closing Globe to Globe festival and opening the 2012 theatre season, The Play’s The Thing.

Joining the previously announced Jamie Parker in the title role are Brid Brennan as Chorus plus Globe regulars Nigel Cooke as Exeter, Sam Cox as the blustery Pistol, Brendan O’Hea as Welsh Captain Fluellen and David Hargreaves as the French King, Nym and Erpingham.

Completing the cast are Graham Butler, Giles Cooper, Matthew Flynn, Beruce Khan, James Lailey, Paul Rider, Olivia Ross, Chris Starkie, Lisa Stevenson and Roger Watkins.

Jamie Parker returns in Henry V, having performed as Prince Hal in both critically acclaimed productions of Henry IV Part 1 and 2 at the Globe. Parker was an original cast member of The History Boys (National Theatre), performing in the London, world tour and Broadway productions as well as the film. His other work includes The Revenger’s Tragedy (National Theatre) and the films Valkyrie and The Journey Home.

Brid Brennan’s recent theatre credits include The Veil (National Theatre), Philadelphia Here I Come (Gaiety Theatre), Bliss (Royal Court) and Silver Birch House (Arcola Theatre). His television work includes the BBC’s latest series of Upstairs Downstairs, South Riding and Doctor Who.

As well as performing in the Globe’s 2011 production of Doctor Faustus, Nigel Cooke has also appeared on stage in All My Sons (National Theatre) and An Inspector Calls (Garrick Theatre).

Brendan O’Hea’s recent theatre credits include The Syndicate (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Waiting for Godot (Theatre Royal Haymarket and international tour). His recent television appearances include Law & Order UK.

David Hargreaves, who performed in The Globe Mysteries in 2011 at Shakespeare’s Globe, has also appeared on stage in The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear and Romeo and Juliet (RSC, Stratford and London) and On the Shore of the Wide World (National Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange).

Sam Cox has previously performed at the Globe in Anne Boleyn, All’s Well That Ends Well and Henry VIII. His other theatre credits include Inherit The Wind (Old Vic) and Oedipus (National Theatre). His television work includes New Tricks, The Commander and Doctor Who.

Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of the Globe, directs Henry V, Shakespeare’s masterpiece about the turbulence of war and the art of peace, completing his interpretation of the three plays that follow Henry from a wild adolescent to a heroic King.

Joining Dromgoole are designer Jonathan Fensom and composer Claire Van Kampen, also from the 2010 creative team behind Henry IV Parts 1 and 2.

To book tickets for the London run call the box office on 020 7401 9919 or visit www.shakespearesglobe.com.

Henry V runs at Shakespeare’s Globe from June 7 to August 26, 2012.