A young king's ambition reaches beyond the English court to the fields of France.

"The character of Henry needs to be someone so charismatic that you yearn to be in his company. … The play needs to leave you with something and provoke some new thought. It cannot be just a history play, but it must be full of humanity," says director Robert Richmond, who led last season’s Othello.

THIS PRODUCTION CLOSED MARCH 10, 2013. To see select scenes from the critically acclaimed play, watch the trailer video below.

Read an excerpt from the scholarly essay in the Folger Edition of Henry V

Visit the Folger Digital Texts website to view and download a free copy of Henry V.

What the Critics Said:

“the most stirring version of a Shakespeare history play the city has seen in a decade” -- The Washington Post

“If there is only one show that you will see in 2013, Folger’s Henry V must be that show” -- MD Theatre Guide

5 of 5 stars; “a great piece of theater, not to be missed” -- DC Metro Theater Arts

“deeply moving”; “outstanding” -- Washingtonian

“a visceral and hypnotic experience” -- Talkin' Broadway


Tuesday, January 22, 7:30pm
Tickets available one hour prior to the performance; cash only

Pre-Show Talk
Friday, January 25, 6pm
James Shapiro explores the Essex Rebellion in Ireland and its link to Henry V. Mr. Shapiro is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and author of Prize-winning 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare.

College Night
Friday, February 1, 8pm
$15 tickets with valid student ID

Pre-Show Talk
Wednesday, February 6, 6:30pm
A scholarly, insightful discussion of the play with Folger Director Michael Witmore. Includes light fare reception. Buy Tickets

Post-Show Talk with Cast
Thursday, February 14
Following the 7:30pm performance

Sunday, February 24, 2pm
Call the box office at 202.544.7077 for details

Pre-Show Talk
Friday March 1, 6pm
"The Irish Imagined in Henry V and other Early Modern Plays"
Patrick Tuite of Catholic University discusses the role of the Irish people in Henry V and other Early Modern Plays.