In the current age of CGI & high tech wizardry….

I adore this prologue from Shakespeare’s Henry V in which the Chorus (a character who opens the play) announces the play and sets the scene of which the audience is to imagine that the small stage in front of them is transformed into vast French fields on which Kings are fighting out their epic battles.

It’s Shakespeare’s lyrical instructions for us to use our imaginations!


Think when we talk of horses, that you see them
Printing their proud hoofs i’ the receiving earth;
For ’tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings,
Carry them here and there; jumping o’er times,
Turning the accomplishment of many years
Into an hour-glass; for the which supply,
Admit me Chorus to this history;
Who prologue-like your humble patience pray,
Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.

henry v

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