There are few more rousing speeches in all of drama than Henry V's Saint Crispen's Day Speech, as he fires up his men to fight the Battle of Agincourt.
"And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's Day."
Cue the enthusiastic roar of the soldiers ... and, usually, of theatergoers, too.
Flock Theatre takes on "Henry V" this summer, with a run at the Connecticut College Arboretum starting tonight, followed by performances at New London's Custom House Pier.
Derron Wood, who is Flock Theatre's executive artistic director, directs this action-heavy epic. Ben Leatham plays Henry V, the king of England who believes that he's also the rightful king of France - and who leads his British subjects on a campaign to unite the two countries.
- KRISTINA DORSEY
"Henry V," Connecticut College Arboretum, Williams Street, New London; opens tonight and runs through July 22; 7 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.; $15, $12 students and seniors; also, performances 7 p.m. July 26-29 at the Custom House Pier, downtown New London; (860) 443-3119.