Henry IV, Part 1 Preview
Henry IV, Part 1
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Brian Vaughn
This week, we’re opening the Stage Door for Henry IV, Part 1, the third play in the Festival History Cycle. Today’s preview is the first look behind Henry IV’s stage door; check back each day this week on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as we bring you director and actor interviews as well as podcasts, design renderings and more.
King Henry IV, played by Larry Bull:
Father of Prince Henry and Prince John and grandson of King Edward III, Henry (as dramatized in Shakespeare’s Richard II) had returned from banishment to claim the rights of inheritance denied him by his cousin, King Richard II. He led a revolt against the king, forced Richard to abdicate, and became the first of the Lancastrian rulers of England. He is referred to occasionally as Bolingbroke, from the place of his birth, and is continually insecure in his position because of the manner in which he attained the kingship.
Henry, Prince of Wales, played by Samuel Ashdown:
Son of King Henry, Prince Hal, as he is usually called in this play, is a carefree, boisterous youth who is many times at odds with his father. However, by the end of the play, he has shown his true mettle as a soldier and leader and is hinting at his abilities as a future king.
Henry Percy, nicknamed “Hotspur”, played by Steve Wojtas:
Son of Henry Percy and nephew of Thomas Percy, Hotspur emerges as the impetuous leader of the northern rebels. He is courageous and hot blooded, as well as a complete foil to Prince Hal.
Sir John Falstaff, played by Henry Woronicz:
Knight of the realm, enormously fat and white-bearded, and one of Shakespeare’s most popular comic characters, Falstaff is the carefree companion of Prince Hal.
Civil war still smolders around Henry IV’s new kingdom. However, the heir to his father’s throne, Prince Hal, ignores the gathering storm clouds and parties wildly with his debauched friends, including the hilarious rogue, Sir John Falstaff. Ultimately, the prince must choose between the revelry of his bar buddies and the bravery of a soldier and king—because his choice will shape the future of a nation.
For more details (synopsis, podcasts, etc.) about this play, please visit http://www.bard.org/plays/henry2014.html Henry IV, Part 1 opens June 23 in preview and runs through August 29. You can buy tickets at www.bard.org or by calling 800-PLAYTIX.
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