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Celebrating Shakespeare: Flytower Film projection of Olivier’s Henry V

Free outdoor film screening

Fri 22 April, 8pm
Running Time: 2 hours 17 mins

The National’s iconic Flytower becomes into a massive outdoor cinema, showing the film that earned the NT’s first Director, Laurence Olivier, a special Academy Award for outstanding achievement as actor, producer and director.

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers”

Filmed in rich colour, with a scene set in a reproduction of the Globe Theatre, and an opening aerial shot serving as an emotional tribute to those who had only recently survived the Blitz, Olivier's dynamic film saluted Shakespeare's London and formed a powerful reminder of what Britain was defending when it was made.

Starring Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks and Renee Asherson, with music by William Walton
(1944, dir: Laurence Olivier)

No need to book, just turn up on the night (and maybe bring a blanket...!). There will be limited chair seating available on the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Terrace on Level 2, and plenty of room to sit on the floor.

Projection facilities supplied by Creative Technology Ltd


Shakespeare 400
Part of the Shakespeare400 Partnership, coordinated by King’s College London


Image courtesy of Park Circus/ITV.

Henry V directed by Laurence Olivier film still