A Legend

And I’m not talking about Henry, the king, but Henry the play.

Despite what many think, Shakespeare did not spend his entire career at the Globe Theater. For the first decade of it, he worked out of number of London theaters. It was only in 1599 that the Globe opened.

According to theatrical legend (unproven, of course), the first play produced in the Globe was–you guessed it–Henry the Fifth, with its opening Chorus referencing “this wooden O” (Prologue, 13).

And tomorrow, we’ll begin with that Prologue, and the rest of Act One.

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