Last year Henry performed in an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s book The Butterfly Lion. It was part of the Barn Theatre, Cirencester’s 2019 season and received glowing reviews, including the man himself “Don’t buy the book, see the play” announced Morpurgo after opening night. The Stage cited it as one of the top ten plays of the year outside London. Other than playing the father Henry also helped puppeteer the adult lion along with 2 others.
In 2017, Henry completed working with the Menier Chocolate Factory’s West End transfer of Tom Stoppard’s 1974 play Travesties directed by Patrick Marber and staring Tom Hollander. The show ran for 12 weeks at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue and received 5 Olivier Award nominations, including Best Revival. It marked Henry’s return to the West End after 15 years.
Henry trained in classical theatre and on graduating, he appeared in various Shakespeare productions around the country. These sandwiched a 10 month run in Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’ in the West End and Sherlock Holmes in ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ at the Jack theatre.
Since 2009 Henry’s career has taken a different track. He took great pleasure in working on two national tours with the physical theatre company Angel Exit in their productions of ‘Moonfleet’ and ‘The Secret Garden’. He then took a lead in the Veni Vidi production of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles: Radio Theatre’ as the eponymous Charles W. Carson based on Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre group (Picture above). The company performed a live radio production including all the sound folie. There is still the potential for this to be made into a full feature film.
Two Shakespeare productions followed with Platform 4’s National tour of ‘Macbeth’ where Henry played the role of Banquo. Then came Henry’s greatest achievement on the stage to date. He took the role of Hamlet in a production by Stern Alarum. The production was set in a World War II bunker behind the Arcola theatre in Dalston. It received 5* from a number of London reviewers. One of them stating “To be, or not to be took my breathe away”.
Since then and most recently, Henry once again had a unique experience when he was cast in the role of Professor Van Helsing for Action to the Word’s steampunk rock opera production of ‘Dracula’. The production went to the Pleasance Courtyard at the Edinburgh Fringe and has high prospects for the future.
Henry continues to work on his own productions, the first centred around the life of the 1930’s stand-up comedian John Tilley and the second looks at the many fascinating scenario’s of a character who lives with Epilepsy.