Brave Spirits presents both parts of Shakespeare's epic history, re-gendered and performed in repertory. In Part One, civil war is on the horizon, and Queen Henri’s tenuous claim to the throne is threatened -- but that’s nothing compared to her problems at home. Hallie, Henri’s eldest daughter and heir, is less interested in affairs of state than in carousing around the seedy London neighborhood of Eastcheap with her friend, Jill Falstaff. In Part Two, military drama takes a backseat to the issues of the family. As Henri nears death, she worries about Hallie’s ability to lead the nation she is leaving behind. Falstaff’s comic exploits in the Gloucester countryside lighten the mood, and the play ends on a bittersweet note as the young Hallie comes into her own as Henri V.
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