Henry V at the New Victory Theater

The Guthrie Theater of Minneapolis and New York�s Acting Company presents Henry V, by William Shakespeare, playing at the New Victory Theater from 27 Feb - 8 Mar 2009.

A charismatic warrior King and his ragtag band of men through the brutality of warfare as they confront heavy opposition and face their own destinies in an aggressive pursuit for the French crown. Young, restless and ambitious, Henry V (Matthew Amendt) inherits a troubled monarchy and seeks to secure his position at home by turning the country�s attention abroad, uniting England and France while briefly banishing the civil strife that will long outlive him.

With 12 actors playing more than 55 roles, the press notes say, "Director Davis McCallum has injected fresh, fast-paced energy and sharp humor into this bold and beloved Shakespearean epic."

In addition to Amendt, the ensemble cast of Henry V will feature Freddy Arsenault, Georgia Cohen, Kelley Curran, Rick Ford, Andy Grotelueschen, Carie Kawa, Robert Michael McClure, William Sturdivant, Samuel Taylor, Chris Thorn and Sonny Valicenti.

The Henry V artistic team includes Neil Patel (Sets), Anita Yavich (Costumes), Michael Chybowski (Lighting) and Scott W. Edwards (Sound).

The Acting Company was founded in 1972 by Ms. Harley and producer and actor, John Houseman with Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone and others in the first graduating class of Julliard�s Drama Division. Since then it has performed 131 plays to audiences in 48 states and 10 foreign countries. In addition to Kline and LuPone, its alumni include Frances Conroy, Jeffrey Wright, Harriet Harris, Jesse L. Martin, David Ogden Stiers, Richard Ooms, Richard Iglewski, Keith David and Rainn Wilson. The Acting Company was honored in 2003 with a Tony Award for Excellence in Theater.

The Guthrie Theater, founded in 1963, is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. The Guthrie is dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature, developing the work of contemporary playwrights and cultivating the next generation of theater artists. Led by Director Joe Dowling since 1995, the Guthrie opened a new three-theater home on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis in June 2006.

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