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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 more concerned with earthly pleasures than the responsibility of rule. Meanwhile, Falstaff is sent to the countryside to recruit fresh troops. Amongst 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.Performers Michael Gambon (Falstaff), David Bradley (King), Susan Brown (Mistress Quickly), David Harewood, Matthew Macfadyen (Prince Hal), John Wood (Justice Shallow), Thomas Arnold, Robert Blythe, John Carlisle, Naomi Frederick, Ian Gelder, Darren Hart, Jeffery Kissoon, Elliot Levey, Robert Lister, Iain Michell, Eve Myles, Harry Peacock, Alistair Petrie, Samuel Roukin, Adrian Scarborough, Roger Sloman, Rupert Ward-Lewis, Andrew Westfield, Tom Marshall, Penelope McGhie, John Wood, Danny Worters.
Author Shakespeare. Producer National Theatre. Director Nicholas Hytner. Design Mark Thompson. Lighting Neil Austin. Music Max Ringham. Music Ben Ringham. Music Andrew Rutland. Director Terry King (fight). Sound Paul Groothuis.
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