Click on the images below to find out more about the setting of Henry V and what we know about where the play is set.

Shakespeare’s History plays are slightly different from his other work in that they include historical and well known figures and events. However, that does not mean the play has to look or feel like it is set in the early 1400s. For example, the play could include modern costumes or an all female cast, as long as the facts above are included.

Why do you think changing the world or setting of the play might be helpful for modern audiences? How might you stage Henry V?

Teacher Notes

On this page students can explore some of the key things that we know about the setting of Henry V by clicking on the pictures.

You can use these pictures, or other images, as a starting point to discuss what they know about the setting of the play and to think about where they would set the play if they were creating their own production. A great way of doing this visually is for students to create a mood board or collage of images that could be used as design inspiration.