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Chapter 22 - ‘May I with Right and Conscience Make This Claim?’

Testing the ‘Just War’ Tradition in Nicholas Hytner’s Henry V (National Theatre, 2003)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 August 2023

Amy Lidster
Affiliation:
University of Oxford
Sonia Massai
Affiliation:
King's College London
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This interview with Nicholas Hytner concentrates on his 2003 production of Henry V at the National Theatre, which opened a few months after the US–UK coalition invasion of Iraq in March 2003. Hytner reflects on the production decisions that responded to the immediacy of the conflict and the strong public opposition to it witnessed in the historic 15 February protests. The interview considers whether theatre can influence public opinion during wartime and how our use and understanding of Shakespeare’s plays has changed over time and through different conflicts.

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Shakespeare at War
A Material History
, pp. 213 - 220
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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