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Outdoor Theatre: William Shakespeare's 'Henry V'

Join Changeling Theatre for an evening of Shakespeare, in the magical open-air courtyard of Bodiam Castle.

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A young superstar King has ascended the English throne. When his advisors tell him the French throne is rightfully his too, Henry falls for their persuasion. An insult from the Dauphin – heir to the French throne – is enough to trigger Henry, who gathers a mighty fleet and invades France. After defeating the French at Harfleur and Agincourt, the young King makes the old King of France swear to hand the throne to him on his death, making him King of both countries. To seal the deal he marries the old King’s daughter, Princess Katherine.

Based on the events of the Hundred Years’ War, Henry V is much more than a historical documentary. It is a play about the merits of war, set against the moral and personal cost of conflict. Directed by Rob Forknall and brought to you by the same creative team from last year’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, this production takes its design cues from the game of chess, and promises to be a visual treat, full of action and intrigue.

“Once more unto the breach dear friends…”

Ticket holders will have exclusive access to the castle courtyard for this event. Please bring your own blanket or picnic chairs to sit on, and you’re welcome to bring a picnic.

Friday 19 July, 7pm-9.30pm (includes interval)

Entry to the castle from 6pm.

Adult £25, Child (10-18 ages) £15, Under 10s free



Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult £25.00
Child Under 10 years old£0.00
Child 10-18 years old£15.00

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895


Suitable for ages 10 and up.

Meeting point

Please meet at the end of the Castle Bridge.

What to bring and wear

This is an open air performance so dress for the weather. Bring your own picnic, picnic blanket and picnic chairs. We ask visitors with chairs to sit towards the back so everyone has a good view.


There are step-free gravel paths to the castle courtyard area where the performance is being held. Please see the access pages at for further information.


In the event of rain the performance will go ahead.

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