Henry IV, Parts I & II is performed at the Barbican, following its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon and subsequent UK tour.
RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and the creative team that was behind the widely acclaimed production of Richard II continue their exploration of Shakespeare’s History plays at the Barbican with Henry IV Parts I & II, an epic, comic and thrilling vision of a nation in turmoil.
RSC Associate Artist Antony Sher returns to the Company to play the infamous comic knight Falstaff. He is joined by Jasper Britton as Henry IV, Alex Hassell as Prince Hal and Paola Dionisotti as Mistress Quickly.
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.
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.
Each part is 2 hours 45 mins/plus a 20-min interval
If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Barbican website here
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