Smith to discuss Henry V at library

Bob Smith will lead his devoted Greenwich Library Shakespeare fans on a wide ranging discussion of Henry V starting Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium.

Henry V is believed to have been written in approximately 1599 and is the final part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2. The original audiences would thus have already been familiar with the title character, depicted in the Henry IV plays as a wild, undisciplined lad known as Prince Harry and by Falstaff as Hal.

King Henry IV has died and his son Prince Hal (or Harry) reigns. It’s war with France and all England rises up to back the king. At the city of Harfleur, King Hal rallies his forces with the patriotic speech “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…”

Library Journal called Bob Smith “the teacher we all should have had to introduce us to Shakespeare.” The Boston Globe called him “inspired and inspiring.”

The program is open to all at no charge. The Shakespeare series is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library board of trustees and contributions by generous donors. Copies of the play will be provided.

For more information, contact Matthew Sgritta at [email protected] or call 203-622-7972.

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