The Fools in Henry the V in Ottawa parks
Every Summer A Company of Fools takes over parks every night (except Sunday) to perform Shakespeare under the summer stars. Known for their comedic interpretations of his works, it’s the perfect opportunity to grab a blanket and a bottle of wine (discretely poured into water bottles) and enjoy some theatre.
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This year, A Company of Fools is taking on Henry the Fifth, a piece about the king who is struggling under the heavy mantle of recent ascension to the throne. Following his war efforts, he strategies to lay siege to his enemies, as he navigates through assassination attempts and dubious claims to his throne. Wrapped into the mix is a boy meets girl story, despite the fact that they don’t speak the same language.
So, how does this get funny? The solution is get director Geoff McBride, local talent extraordinaire, and legendary actress Margo MacDonald. Margo is still riding a wave of fame, following the success of her play Shadows, a story of lesbian in ancient times that she wrote and directed. Infamous in the queer community, her talent go beyond acting to include a number of LGBTQ initiates to support our community.
With Margo taking the mantel of Henry, and a cast of only women, except for Simon Bradshaw, this interpretation is poised to be a very unique version of the play.
The show will run nightly except for Sunday from July 2-Aug 18 at parks across the Ottawa Valley. For more information, check out their website.
Henry the Fifth
A Company of Fools Theatre @ Manor Park, Ottawa
July 2-Aug 18