Henry IV Part II

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Royal Shakespeare Company

Henry IV Part II

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 12 July - 13 July 2014

King Henry’s health is failing as a second rebellion threatens to surface. Intent on securing his legacy, he is uncertain that Hal is a worthy heir, believing him to be more concerned with earthly pleasures than with the responsibility of rule. Meanwhile, Falstaff is sent to the countryside to recruit fresh troops. Among the unwitting locals, opportunities for embezzlement and profiteering prove impossible to resist as Falstaff 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.

BACKGROUND ON HENRY IV PARTS I AND II

Following his production of Richard II in October 2013, RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s history plays with Henry IV Parts I and 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 and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal. Jasper returns following his performance as the Marquis de Sade in Marat/Sade (2011); Alex returns to the RSC following his recent credits in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cardenio and The City Madam.

To book for Henry IV Part I, please click here

Dates & Times:
Saturday 12 July 4:00pm
Sunday 13 July 4:00pm

*N.B. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Henry IV Part II has been captured live from Stratford-Upon-Avon.

“Full-blooded life…Antony Sher as Falstaff proves he can do jolly as well as tortured in Greg Doran’s new RSC production of the Henry IV plays, says Dominic Cavendish.” – The Telegraph

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