Henry IV, Part 2
by William Shakespeare
Jamie Parker and Roger Allam star in Dominic Dromgoole’s staging of the second instalment of Shakespeare's gripping tale.
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
Hotspur is dead and Prince Hal has proved his mettle on the battlefield, but Henry IV lies dying and the rebels, though scattered, show no sign of declaring their allegiance to the Crown. Even Falstaff is forced out of the taverns to raise a scratch militia in the country. But will his attachment to the rising Hal be rewarded with promotion and the life of ease he feels sure he deserves?
At least the equal of Part 1, Henry IV Part 2 includes some of the greatest moments in Shakespeare: the deathbed scene of the old King, when Hal contemplates the crown; the reunion of Falstaff with his old boon companion, Justice Shallow; and Hal's devastating rejection of Falstaff himself.
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.
Staged with terrific aplomb ... The ensemble effort is palpable and there are a host of first-rate performances ... William Gaunt and Christopher Godwin are worth the price of admission alone ... A triumph.
You feel the warmth in the Globe production: there are precious moments when the hearty savour of Shakespeare’s world takes possession of ours ... Allam is a truly great Falstaff.
Starring Roger Allam, the Globe's players deliver a delightful reading of Shakespeare's hit play ... Shakespeare lovers looking for an authentic rendering of an English classic should hotfoot it to Southwark to catch a memorable night's work.
Olivier Awards 2011
Henry IV, Part 2 was staged and filmed live 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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