ALPSS Seminar Series - From Agincourt to the Avon: Ngaio Marsh and Henry V (1972) by mark Houlahan
|Date||Wednesday 10 November 2021|
|Time||1pm - 2pm|
|Presenter||Dr Mark Houlahan|
From Agincourt to the Avon: Ngaio Marsh and Henry V (1972)
Mark Houlahan, English Programme
In 1972 Christchurch’s iconic Town Hall opened with a celebratory series of concerts and performances. For the James Hay theatre, the venue within the complex designed for staging plays, Dame Ngaio Marsh directed a production of Shakespeare’s famous play Henry the Fifth. This ran for 10 sold-out nights, and was the climax of Marsh’s 30-year career as a Christchurch-based Shakespeare director. But what kind of Shakespeare did she produce? How can we locate this in the long track of live Shakespeares in Aotearoa/New Zealand, which extends as far back as 1844? In this paper I will use visual evidence from Marsh’s archives and reviewers’ commentaries to suggest answers to these questions.