What makes a king?

BWBTC and an all-female cast present Shakespeare’s tale of a newly-anointed ruler with a lot to atone for…and a lot to prove.

About the Show

Ascending the throne of England after the death of his father, young Henry V faces suspicion from within his country and pressure from without. Hoping to unite his kingdom and ensure its future security, he embarks on a risky campaign to conquer France. The odds are against him… but will his people rally around him? And when two rival nations each claim the God-given right to rule the other, will human determination be enough to win the day?

WHERE City Lit Theater
1020 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago
2nd Floor, Edgewater Presbyterian Church
WHEN February 18 – April 1, 2017
SHOWTIMES Thursdays, Fridays
and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm
PREVIEWS February 18 at 8:00pm
February 19 at 3:00pm
February 24 at 8:00pm
February 25 at 8:00pm
February 26 at 8:00pm
PRESS OPENING Monday, February 27 at 8:00pm
CLOSING NIGHT Saturday, April 1 at 8:00pm
Highly Recommended!
The all-female Babes With Blades Theatre Company delivers a smart, stirring rendition of Shakespeare’s historical drama about England’s Henry V…. Hayley Rice’s bare-bones, low-budget, high-energy staging (with fight choreography by Kim Fukawa) captures the juxtaposition of rousing action, rough comedy, and poetic philosophizing that characterizes this great play…. Diana Coates is a charismatic, commanding Henry, ably supported by a ten-woman ensemble in multiple roles (their lightning-fast costume changes are as impressive as their wordplay and swordplay). Alison Vodnoy Wolf, a Chicago theater newcomer recently arrived from Cincinnati, is especially charming as Henry’s French bride, Catherine of Valois, in the comic bilingual courtship scene that climaxes the play. –Chicago Reader