Think English history is dull? Get thee to the Grandel, where director Robin Weatherall has marshaled his troupe to victory. Henry V combines clear story-telling, finely staged comedy and compelling performances. This St. Louis Shakespeare production unfolds on a stage painted with a giant map of England and France, courtesy of scenic designer Patrick Huber. Shakespeare provides a guide to escort us to the various locations of the story, played here by the wide-eyed Elizabeth Birkenmeier, costumed (inexplicably) as a Catholic school-girl. Birkenmeier’s excitement is contagious, and Weatherall wisely overlaps entrances and actions with her narration, helping the audience understand th... More >>>