BAM – The Brooklyn Academy of Music

  • BAM's main building includes an opera house, a popular cafe with performance space, and four cinemas.

  • Antony Sher is Sir John Falstaff

  • Alex Hassell as HENRY V, directed by Gregory Doran

  • A scene from RSC's HENRY IV

  • Prince Hal presumes the throne in Mistress Quickly's tavern, HENRY IV

  • The BAM Harvey Theater

Bringing Shakespeare to Brooklyn

“Sher balances Falstaff’s cruelty with sufficient charm to justify his role as magnetic pub entertainer. But, just as you start to warm to this Falstaff, you are reminded of his rapacity. He treats Paola Dionisotti’s doting Mistress Quickly with misogynist contempt and even when, in the sublime Gloucestershire scenes in Part II, he meets up with Justice Shallow, his instinctive reaction is to treat him as financial prey: you see Sher’s eyes light up with disbelief as the naive rural JP offers him bulging moneybags in the hope of court promotion.”
— Michael Billington in The Guardian, February 4, 2015

Founded in 1861, and in its current location since 1908, BAM has grown into a model urban arts center celebrated both as a leader in artistic innovation and an engine for community development in Brooklyn. Each year, nearly 750,000 people attend BAM programs, which include a full schedule of movies in four cinemas, cutting edge live performances in the BAM Harvey Theater, innovative and intimate works in the Fishman Space at the BAM Fisher Building, and operas and dance performances in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House.

From March 24 through May 1, 2016, JLGreene brought the Royal Shakespeare Company to BAM in a cycle of four of Shakespeare’s greatest history plays. Beginning with Richard II’s greedy hold on his “sceptered isle”, through the riotous education of Prince Hal in “Henry IV, Parts I & II”, and culminating with Henry V’s triumph at Agincourt, these plays were directed by Gregory Doran and featured Antony Sher (Best Actor, Critics Circle Theater Award) as Sir John Falstaff and Alex Hassell as King Henry V. Visit the BAM website for more information.