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Though the Brits were poorly outnumbered by the French at the Battle of Agincourt, they fought bravely and defended the honor of the English throne.
This year the Public Theaters Shakespeare in the Park production of Henry V is giving Queens residents the opportunity to defeat the massive hordes of Manhattanites who seem to take up all the tickets by offering a ticket giveaway this Friday.
The Public Theater will distribute an allotment of free tickets to Shakespeare in Central Park from locations in all five boroughs throughout the summer, as part of its Shakespeare in the Boroughs outreach program.
Shakespeare in the Boroughs serves residents of Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx by providing free tickets to Shakespeare in Central Park and free performances for people of all ages in their own neighborhoods, as well as free arts education programs for youth.
Free tickets for upcoming shows will be given this Friday at Queens Theater in the Park, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on Shakespeare in the Boroughs, call 212-539-8681.
About the Play
In his epic history play, Henry V, Shakespeare shows us patriotism and war in all their complexity and contradictions. A young but cunning warrior king, upon the urging of his advisors, aims to bolster his image and regain his countrys lost glory by invading France no matter what the cost. His seeming transformation from inexperienced monarch to military hero illuminates the mechanisms of propaganda and poses the question: does a rise to power demand a fall from humanity?
The cast of Henry V features Liev Schreiber in the title role, along with Gbenga Akinnagbe, David Costabile, Jon Dolton, Adam Dannheisser, Gregory Derelian, Colman Domingo, Mark Gerald Douglas, David Flaherty, Rob Gallavan, Peter Gerety, Mercedes Herrero, Nicole Leach, Ryan McCarthy, Dan Moran, Daniel Oreskes, Orlando Pabotoy, Bronson Pinchot, Steven Rattazzi, Martin Rayner, Tom Robbins, Ryan Shively, Mike Strickland and Arie Thompson.
Henry V has scenic design by Mark Wendland, costume design by Gabriel Berry, lighting design by David Weiner, sound design by Acme Sound Partners, and original music by John Gromada.
For additional information about Shakespeare in Central Park, call 212-539-8750 or visit The Public Theater Web site at www.publictheater.org.
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