poster for Henry V play

October 12, 2012 (Jackson) - Shakespeare is coming to Belhaven. Henry V will debut in Belhaven University’s Black Box Theatre on October 17 – 27. This play, a finale in Shakespeare historical tragedies, is the classic tale of the rise of Britain’s heroic King Henry V.

This production will bring the elements of set and light design, costumes, props, live music, singing and stage fighting together to deliver a vibrant, modern look to Shakespeare’s classic play. Henry V will also include a combination of theatrical and musical performances. The play will be performed by eight very talented actors from the Belhaven Theatre Department; four men and four women who each play King Henry as well as multiple characters.

Henry V will address themes and issues like: What does it mean to be a leader and follower? What does it mean to go to war or stop believing in that war? “I believe that Shakespeare’s history play is perfect for a college production particularly at this time in our country’s history,” said Marianne Savell, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Director of Henry V.

Savell, having spent the past 15 years in Los Angeles and around the country working as an actor, director and teacher, is delighted to be back in Mississippi. Some of her directing credits include: A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, King Lear, Hamlet, The Crucible, Shadowlands, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, As It Is In Heaven and many more. Savell received her BA in English from Mississippi College, her MFA in Acting from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and was a guest artist at the Central School of Speech & Drama in London.

General admission is $10 and $5 for students and seniors. Belhaven faculty, staff, students, and immediate family members will receive complimentary admission. Show times are below:

Wednesday–Saturday, October 17-20 at 7:30 P.M.
2 P.M. Matinee on Saturday, October 20

Wednesday–Friday, October 24-27 at 7:30 P.M.

 2 P.M. Matinee on Saturday, October 27