Law's Henry V wins rave reviews

Jude Law has received rave reviews for his latest stage role

The critics have hailed J ude Law's performance as King Henry V in the latest West End revival of the classic Shakespeare history play.

The actor, whose career includes roles in Sherlock Holmes, Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr Ripley, plays the king in Michael Grandage's production at the Noel Coward theatre in London's West End.

Quentin Letts praised Law's "magnetism" and gave the play four stars in the Daily Mail.

Writing about Jude, h e said: " He is fit enough physically to wear period battledress without looking silly. He glowers beautifully, even if he resembles a slimmed-down Phil Collins."

D ominic Maxwell in The Times also gave the play four stars and said Jude's performance " tests yet ultimately reinforces his star power".

The Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer awarded the play five stars and hailed the actor's "terrific star performance".

He said it was " one of the richest and most detailed performances in the role of Henry V that I have ever seen" in "a production of rare distinction and dramatic depth".

Michael Billington in The Guardian gave the play four stars and said it was " a fine portrait of a flawed hero" and Jude was "maturing with age".

The Independent's Paul Taylor said the star was " looking a bit lived-in for the warrior monarch" but " cuts a commanding figure".

Giving the play four stars, he said Jude " vividly blends the kind of natural charisma that can rouse tired troops with a brooding spiritual uneasiness that has its affinities with Hamlet".

Jude played Hamlet four years ago in a critically-acclaimed and commercially-successful production that moved from the West End to Broadway.

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