Henry IV, Part 1
by William Shakespeare
The first instalment of Shakespeare's gripping account of the rise of Hal from idle barfly to monarch-in-waiting.
I am bewitched with the rogue's company. If the rascal have not given me medicines to make me love him, I'll be hanged.
Prince Hal, son of Henry IV, seems to be squandering his life among the whores, boozers and petty rogues of Eastcheap. And the greatest of these rogues is the fat knight, Sir John Falstaff, a liar, glutton, lecher, cheat, braggart, fool and sponger who also possesses wit, warmth, intelligence and a gigantic sense of fun. But beside these scenes of glorious misrule gathers a nationwide rebellion led by the Duke of Northumberland and his charismatic son, Hotspur.
The first instalment of Shakespeare's gripping account of the rise of Hal from idle barfly to monarch-in-waiting combines compelling power politics with the hilarious antics of Falstaff, Shakespeare's greatest comic creation.
Shakespeare's Globe Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole’s acclaimed production features an Olivier Award-winning performance from Roger Allam as Falstaff alongside Jamie Parker as Prince Hal.
One of this popular theatre’s finest achievements ... Roger Allam strikes me as the best Falstaff for 20 years... I can’t wait to see Part 2.
An exhilarating, powerful and poignant voyage through time and history.
Hal, portrayed with marvellous lightness by Jamie Parker ... Roger Allam is superb, commanding the difficult Globe stage with such shambolic majesty ... William Gaunt is hilarious as doddering Shallow.
Olivier Awards 2011
Henry IV, Part 1 was staged and filmed at Shakespeare's Globe during the 2010 'Kings and Rogues' season and is part of the Shakespeare's Globe Collection.
Production photography © John Haynes.
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