A dramatic tale of power, treachery and war, Shakespeare's Henry IV is considered by many to be his greatest historical saga; a masterpiece of expression that embraces the full range of human experience, surveying all facets of English life and exploring the conplex nature of father-son relationships.
Part I –With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. As his father gets ready to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in the taverns and brothels of London, revelling in the company of his friend, the notorious Sir John Falstaff. With the onset of war, Hal must confront his responsibilities to family and throne.
Part II –King Henry's health is failing but he is uncertain Hal is a worthy heir. Meanwhile, Falstaff is sent to the countryside to recruit fresh troops, where he gleefully indulges in the business of lining his own pockets. As the King's health continues to worsen, Hal must choose between duty and loyalty to an old friend in Shakespeare's heartbreaking conclusion to this pair of plays.
The company: Alex Hassell, Jane Lapotaire, Sarah Parks, Leigh Quinn, Joshua Richards, Simon Thorp, Anthony Byrne, Sean Chapman, Oliver Ford Davies, Robert Gilbert, Jasper Britton, Antony Sher, Trevor White, Sean Chapman, Youssef Kerkour , Elliot Barnes-Worrell, Martin Bassindale, Paola Dionisotti, Nicholas Gerard-Martin, Jonny Glynn, Nia Gwynne, Jin Hooper, Jennifer Kirby, Sam Marks, Keith Osborn, Leigh Quinn, Luca Saraceni-Gunner, Simon Yadoo.
Director: Gregory Doran
Assistant Director: Owen Horsley
Designer: Stephen Brimson Lewis
Lighting: Tim Mitchell
Music: Paul Englishby
Sound: Martin Slavin
Movement: Michael Ashcroft
Fights: Terry King
Recorded live at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
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