And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
—Conclusion of King Henry's St. Crispin's Day speech, Henry V, Act IV, Scene iii.
Shakespeare's Henry V recounts the transformation of a rebellious youth into a mighty and beloved leader. The Royal Shakespeare Company, in its 1994 season, offered an alternative interpretation of the play: the performance began with a spotlight on center stage, where a king's robe and crown were draped on the body of a mannequin. This museum-like display, complete with surrounding velvet ropes, underscored the notion ...