By Ken Stern 

‘Henry V’ triumphant in war and on stage

Summer Shakespeare at Rexville Blackrock Amphitheatre


Bring your teenagers to “Henry V” playing at Rexville Blackrock Amphitheatre through Aug. 13. This is a war play, though lots of the roles are played by females. It is a history play, the story of Prince Hal growing up in a hurry: On the throne two years, only 28, he is mocked and threatened by France.

War needs justification. In the opening scenes the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Ely explain to a young Prince Hal how France is rightfully England's by ancient land laws. Enter the French ambassador to convey that his king does not honor England's claims. His gift to the new...

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