What makes a King? What makes a father? Shakespeare's monumental history play travels to the heart of family, duty and country.
This innovative film, recorded before a live audience, documents the Donmar Warehouse's all-female stage production, adapted from William Shakespeare's two plays about King Henry IV, Prince Hal and Falstaff.
The bold, contemporary production is presented as if played by inmates of a women's prison and was described by critics as 'unforgettable'. The director for both stage and screen is Phyllida Lloyd, and Harriet Walter is Henry IV.
The Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy began in 2012 with an all-female production of Julius Caesar led by Dame Harriet Walter. Set in a women's prison, the production asked the question, "Who owns
Shakespeare?" Two further productions followed: Henry IV in 2014 and The Tempest in 2016, all featuring a diverse company of women. The Trilogy enthralled theatre audiences in London and New York and was shared with women and girls in prisons and schools across the UK. The film versions were shot live in a specially built temporary theatre in King's Cross in 2016, and now offer screen audiences unique access to these ground-breaking productions.
Henry IV: Harriet Walter
Falstaff: Sophie Stanton
Prince Hal: Claire Dunne
Hotspur: Jade Anouka
Westmoreland; Glendower: Jackie Clune
Mortimer: Shiloh Coke
Bardolph; Vernon: Karen Dunbar
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Extra Features: An all-female trilogy; Addiction; Healthy relationships; Henry IV & Falstaff; Insight on 'I know you all'; A director's process, with Phyllida Lloyd; Trailer; Introduction to the play; The plot