Midsummer Scene and Parrabola Present
WINNER Best Solo Shakespeare Performance, Ostrava Shakespeare Festival 2016
26th June 2018 at 9:30 pm / Sponza Palace
Performs in English
Australian actor Brett Brown is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London. He has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, sung with Opera Australia, and appeared in plays and musicals on London’s West End and in theatre festivals throughout Europe. Film includes the Academy Award winning The Theory of Everything. His reinterpretations of classical theatre include Phaedra and Tiresias.
Performs in English
Philip Parr is a founding council member of the European Shakespeare Festivals network and Director of the York International Shakespeare Festival. He was founder and Artistic Director of Spitalfields Market Opera, a purpose built chamber opera house for London and the first opera house built in London for over 100 years, and has been director of the Swaledale Festival, Bath Shakespeare Festival. In the theatre Philip has made a particular reputation as a director of large scale community plays, chiefly working as Artistic Director of Parrabbola. Parrabbola makes work within a community setting. This work has included multi-lingual site specific Shakespeare productions of Pericles (2010) and The Winter’s Tale (2012) in Gdansk (Poland) and Ostrava in Czech Republic, and Romeo and Juliet (2016) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2018) created for Craiova, Romania.
At a time when we question our leaders, and wonder what drives them – how many compromises must they make to rule and find authority, Shakespeare’s Henry V has never been more relevant as it asks the question.
What does power do to kings?
Experience an intense hour with Shakespeare’s sometime hero – and the King to whom England always turns in times of crisis – in this powerful and direct solo interpretation of Henry V, which has been acclaimed throughout the major European Shakespeare Festivals, and at its Australian premiere at the Adelaide Fringe.
“Phenomenal performance” — Shakespeare Daily, Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival, Poland
“Emerging star” — The Sydney Morning Herald
* * * * * “Brown delivers a brilliant performance” — Adelaide Theatre Guide
* * * * * “A powerful show” — The Advertiser
* * * * * “A tour de force” — InDaily