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Henry V

Mobile Unit presents
HENRY V

OBIE Award winning director Robert O’Hara (Bootycandy, The Brother/Sister Plays (Part 2)) brings a warring King and his band of brothers to communities all across New York with Mobile Unit’s spring production of HENRY V.

Insulted by the regent of France, England’s King Henry V decides to wage war and claim the throne across the Channel.  But Henry’s charm only distracts his soldiers for so long before the dire stakes of their task calls into question the King’s true motives and direction. Resonating from across the centuries—wherever there may be a kingdom for a stage, and princes to act--Shakespeare’s drama about invasion, ego and leadership, delves into history’s thorniest questions: What makes a man worthy of wearing the crown, and what does he owe the people he leads?

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After its tour of the five boroughs, Mobile Unit will return to The Public's downtown home at 425 Lafayette Street for a free sit-down run. Check back later for dates and ticketing information.

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Mobile Unit will tour community centers and other venues throughout the five boroughs of New York giving free performances of HENRY V. Check back later for performance venues and dates.

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The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit is a reinvention of Joseph Papp’s “Mobile Theater,” which began in 1957. Papp’s original touring company evolved into the New York Shakespeare Festival, and ultimately became The Public Theater.

All of it was built on a simple idea: Culture belongs to everyone.

This idea remains at the heart of The Public Theater’s work to this day. And our Mobile Unit still takes this mission out to the communities across New York City, providing free performances to all.

The Mobile Unit presents free Shakespeare to prisons, homeless shelters, and community centers throughout New York’s boroughs. Over the years, the Mobile Unit has served thousands of audiences with critically acclaimed productions. In addition to the community tour, each Mobile Unit show “sits down” at The Public Theater’s Astor Place home to perform for Public audiences and community organizations from all over the city.

Past Mobile Unit tour venues have included Rikers Island, The Fortune Society, Park Avenue Armory Women’s Shelter, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Community Centers throughout the City, Charlotte’s Place, Borden Avenue Veteran’s Shelter, and Crossroads Juvenile Detention Center.

Recent Mobile Unit productions include Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, Measure for Measure, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, and Macbeth.

Mobile Unit is made possible with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon FoundationThe Rockefeller FoundationThe Ford FoundationStavros Niarchos FoundationThe Tow FoundationThe Herbert McLaughlin Children's CLUTBloomberg Philanthropies, and JetBlue Airways . Additional support provided by Susan & David Edelstein and The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City CouncilThe Philip and Janice Levin Foundation provides lead support for The Public’s access and engagement programming. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.