Henry V (2012 film)

Henry V is a 2012 British television film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare. It is the fourth film in the tetralogy of television films called The Hollow Crown produced by Sam Mendes for BBC Two covering the whole of Shakespeare's Henriad. It was directed by Thea Sharrock and stars Tom Hiddleston as Henry V of England.[1]

Henry V
GenreHistorical drama
Based onHenry V
by William Shakespeare
Directed byThea Sharrock
StarringTom Hiddleston
Julie Walters
John Hurt
Lambert Wilson
Theme music composerAdrian Johnston
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
ProducerRupert Ryle-Hodges
EditorJohn Wilson
Running time139 minutes
Production companiesNeal Street Productions
Original networkBBC Two
Original release
  • 21 July 2012 (2012-07-21)
Preceded byHenry IV, Part II
Followed byHenry VI, Part I

Henry V is the fourth play in Shakespeare's tetralogy dealing with the successive reigns of Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V.

Plot changesEdit

The film starts with the funeral of Henry V (which is the start of Henry VI, part 1) over whose obsequies the opening speech from the Chorus is made. After that, the movie begins to speak about Henry V.

Certain scenes from Shakespeare's play are omitted:

  • The Southampton Plot and Henry’s merciless response.
  • The scenes among the ordinary men at the Siege of Harfleur, featuring Fluellen, MacMorris and Jamy.
  • The conversations in the French camp on the evening before the battle.
  • The slaughter of the young boys guarding the English baggage train at Agincourt.


Filming LocationsEdit

Baron's Hall in Penshurst Place was used as the setting for the French Palace and Squerryes Court doubled as the French battle court field.[2]


  1. ^ "Cast confirmed for BBC Two's cycle of Shakespeare films" (Press release). BBC Drama Publicity. 24 November 2011. Archived from the original on 30 December 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  2. ^ Kent Film Office. "Kent Film Office Hollow Crown Henry V article".

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