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. RSC 'The Histories' CompanyPerformers Nicholas Asbury, Hannah Barrie, Keith Bartlett, Antony Bunsee, Rob Carroll, Richard Cordery, Matt Costain, Julius D'Silva, Keith Dunphy, Wela Frasier, Geoffrey Freshwater, Paul Hamilton, Alexia Healy, Kieran Hill, Tom Hodgkins, Chuk Iwuji, John Mackay, Forbes Masson, Chris McGill, Patrice Naiambana, Luke Neal, Sandy Neilson, Ann Ogbomo, Miles Richardson, Lex Shrapnel, Anthony Shuster, Jonathan Slinger, Katy Stephens, Geoffrey Streatfeild, James Tucker, David Warner, Roger Watkins, Clive Wood.
Author Shakespeare. Company Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Director Michael Boyd. Design Tom Piper. Lighting Heather Carson. Costume Emma Williams. Music James Jones. Music John Woolf. Director Liz Ranken (movement). Sound Andrea J. Cox. Director Terry King (fight). Director Matt Costain (Rope Work). Choreographer Gavin Marshall (Aerial Consultant). Director Donnacadh O'Briain (assistant).