Thousands of years ago, our common ancestors began telling stories by casting shadows against the walls of caves. By the light of fire, humans developed the skill of storytelling to closer accompany their hungry imaginations. The shadows were eventually embodied by the figures they represented, which led to the creation of theater. This year’s chosen venue for the Stanford Shakespeare Company’s spring show of “The Winter’s Tale” transports the audience back to this deeply ancestral form of entertainment.
The final installation in a tetralogy of monarchical histories, Henry V is the story of the young and mighty King Henry V of England and his efforts to conquer French lands at the bloody Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years’ War. Sound like a history lesson?