Henry V DVD now available

The DVD of Edward’s Boys performance of Henry V in the Swan Theatre on 17th March 2013 is now available. Produced by Gavin Birkett, it is a wonderful memento of an amazing evening. Click here to order online now.
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“Our boys have scored a triumph…”

So read the review in the Stratford Herald for the 1913 King Edward VI production of Henry V at the Memorial Theatre, and the 2013 edition has been similarly lauded. The Herald again leads the way, praising this “Bold reinvention of historic Henry”, in performances over three nights at the School’s Levi Fox Hall, the RSC’s Swan Theatre and the historic Guildhall – Shakespeare’s schoolroom. Professional actor and Old Boy Tim Pigott-Smith, who performed the role of Chorus, was described an “an inspired choice… [he] superbly evoked the ‘imaginary puissance’ of the English expedition, but the embedded pedantry of a schoolmaster cast
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Remarkable levels of support for our production of Henry V

Before Christmas we asked for corporate sponsors and individual patrons to lend their support to this ambitious project. The response was magnificent. Seven local businesses generously offered to support the production as corporate sponsors, raising nearly £2,000. Our Crowdfunding campaign for individual patrons through Sponsume raised £710, significantly above our £500 target. Many, many thanks to all those who have offered their support. It is much appreciated.
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Henry V: 1913-2013

In 1913 as part of his season of History plays at the Memorial Theatre, Frank Benson invited King Edward VI School to present a production of HENRY V for two performances. The production, cast with boys from the school with the exception of a professional actor playing the part of Chorus, was very well received with positive reviews in ‘The Morning Post’, ‘The Birmingham Post’, ‘The Stratford Herald’ and ‘The Evesham Journal.’ The composer at the theatre that year was the young Ralph Vaughan Williams, who composed music for all the productions including HENRY V. Poignantly, all the boys taking
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Review: The Malcontent by Amaryllis Barton

The Malcontent has been sitting on my shelf next to The Revenger’s Tragedy and The Duchess of Malfi for several long years. As for many former English undergraduates, it’s a play all too briefly studied, or studied in tandem with other plays. Rarely is it studied alone, and more than most is theatre unequivocally important to understanding its true power. Marston has been dismissed as ‘flawed’ and several notable critics have sniffed that The Malcontent’s structure is ‘defective’. For Edward’s Boys, the gauntlet was thrown down – though in his programme, Perry Mills makes no denial of the labyrinthine structure
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