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Bristol Central Library, Bristol

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Once more unto the breach, dear friends! Back by popular demand; Librarian Theatre's ‘Rapid Retelling' of Henry V returns to the BSF. Using only two actors, with an original score performed live by a musician, the hour-long show brings the Siege of Harfleur and Battle of Agincourt to life among the bookshelves of your local library. The casting is decided live on stage by the flip of a coin, so not even the actors know who is to play King Henry V until the play has already begun.

Founded in 2015 by Tom Cuthbertson and Kelly Eva-May, Librarian Theatre is a not for profit company who support libraries and communities around the UK by creating accessible, affordable tours of innovative theatrical adaptations. Previous Arts Council funded productions include "The Book's the Thing" (a 'Rapid Retelling' of Hamlet), a gender-switched adaptation of A Christmas Carol, and original play Alice in the Cuckoo's Nest.

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Bristol Central Library



Accessible to wheelchair users.

Please print and bring your tickets to the event entrance.

Please arrive 15 minutes before performance start time.

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We look forward to seeing you!


Bristol Shakespeare Festival

The Bristol Shakespeare Festival offers fresh, exciting and accessible ways into Shakespeare. From its in-house productions, to platforming the very best local and national companies, BSF is a volunteer-led celebration of work in unusual spaces across Bristol and beyond. Using local talent and creatives for productions, as well as running its own workshops and educational events, BSF makes work that gives both its audiences and participants entertaining and enriching experience with Shakespeare.