Henry V: Shakespeare's Rousing Tale of the Young King in Battle
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The Porters of Hellsgate start their 8th season with a stirring production of Henry V. The company has really built out its ensemble throughout the years while still keeping a solid core of younger actors, gone are the days of slightly uneven productions where shows were a little top heavy on talent. This production features strong performances in every role and some unexpected hilarity to balance out the drama with standouts including Thomas Bigley for his nuanced comical turn as "Pistol" and Christine Sage as a very plucky yet poignant "Boy."
Of course any strong production of Henry V demands a standout King and Chorus. Leon Russom delivers as the "Chorus" giving the show an immediate gravitas in its opening moments. The show is dominated by director Charles Pasternak in the title role who owns every inch of stage, especially during Henry's iconic show-stoppers "Once more into the Breach" and "St Crispins Day." Ironically the dramatically brilliant Pasternak's finest moment might be during the wooing of Princess Katherine( Eliza Kiss plays off of every Pasternak moment with perfection) where the audience finally gets to see the King exhale outside of war.
Just a terrific production that takes the time to acknowledge and play quite capably within the confines of its two tiered blackbox space. A must see of for Angelino Shakespeare since the play is rarely performed within city limits.
Quotes & Highlights
The Porters of Hellsgate’s tantalizing revival of Henry V, [with] muscular scene work and arresting stage compositions … translates into a refreshing lack of formal airs and a translucency of language charged with an unflagging energy. — Bill Raden, LA Weekly
…flashes of heavenly invention, and much my favorite offering from this company. — Jason Rohrer, Stage and Cinema
…proves that Shakespeare doesn’t need of the hoopla and frippery to be good. — Kat Michels, Culver City News
Henry V is a triumph for The Porters. — Ellen Dostal, Broadway World
Henry V will star and be directed by Porters’ Artistic Director Charles Pasternak, who played the title role with Shakespeare Santa Cruz this past summer. The production will also feature Leon Russom as the iconic Chorus.
About the Ticket Supplier: The Porters of Hellsgate Theatre Co.
We are a classical theatre company based in Los Angeles, California. It is our intent to bring the work of Shakespeare and other classic authors to life here, in the City of Angels.
It is our belief that in this age of ever-changing technology, the communal experience of theatre – particularly the communion with the past inherent in every noteworthy classic – is vitally important. Ours is an art that new media can supplement but never replace.
It is the Porters’ continuing intent to bring powerful, pertinent productions of classical work to the Los Angeles theatre community. We pray you, remember the Porters…