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‘Henry V’ showing set for Saturday

“Henry V” will be presented from London at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Fredonia Opera House.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center will present Henry V from London’s National Theatre on Saturday at 1 p.m. as part of its Stage On Screen Series. The production stars Kit Harington of Game of Thrones fame in the title role.

William Shakespeare’s thrilling study of nationalism, war and the psychology of power comes to the Opera House screen captured live via satellite from the Donmar Warehouse stage in London.

Fresh to the throne, King Henry V launches England into a bloody war with France. When his campaign encounters resistance, this inexperienced new ruler must prove he is fit to guide a country into war.

This exciting modern production directed by Max Webster (Life of Pi) explores what it means to be English and England’s relationship to Europe, asking: “Do we ever get the leaders we deserve?”

London’s Time Out calls it “a broodingly impressive production,” while The Telegraph calls it “a victory.” The Times praises Harington’s performance noting “Kit Harington is resoundly good.”

The production runs approximately three hours, and contains strobe lights, flashing lights, loud noise, and strong language.

Individual tickets to Henry V are $15, ($10 students). Tickets may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 12-4:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org. The Stage on Screen Series is sponsored by Dr. James M. & Marcia Merrins.

For this production, the Opera House is equipped with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center with a mission to “present the performing arts for the benefit of our community and region … providing access to artistic diversity … and high quality programming at an affordable price.” It is located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.

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