By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Henry V marches into Merced
Henry V -9
Merced Shakespearefest is staging Henry V with Jim Bennett as Henry V, Pete Magazinovich as the King of France and Dawn Trook as Queen Isabel. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Merced Shakespearefest is bringing one of William Shakespeare’s most famous histories to the stage with their production of “Henry V.”

“Henry V” tells the story of Henry V King of England in the time immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt and features the famous “Once more unto the breach…” speech.

“This famous drama, about the Battle of Agincourt, the English hero king, his wooing of the French Princess and the comedic antics of his old lowlife friends will entertain young and old alike with great acting, colorful costumes, battle scenes and live music,” said Heike Hambley, Merced Shakespearefest’s founder.

The production will open at 10 a.m. Saturday and have an encore performance at 5 p.m. Saturday. Additional shows are set for 5 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sept. 19, and 5 p.m. Sept. 20. All the shows will be at Applegate Park at 1025 W. 22nd St. in Merced. Admission is free. They’ll also have shows at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17 at UC Merced Amphitheater at 5200 Lake Road in Merced. Admission is also free for these shows.

The Merced Shakespearefest will follow up “Henry V” with an all female version of “Julius Caesar” in January. The show will be done in partnership with Merced College and will be staged at the college.

The final show of the season has yet to be determined, but Hambley said she is leaning towards “Othello” or “Macbeth.” The shows will be staged in February or March at a venue to be announced later.