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Henry IV Part II archiveKing 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. This production is supported by RSC Patrons


David Troughton (Henry IV), Desmond Barrit (Falstaff), William Houston, Nancy Carroll (Lady Percy), Adam Levy (Hotspur), Arthur Cox (Bardolph), David Killick (Archbishop of York), David Lyon (Westmoreland), Robert Portal (Poins), Clifford Rose (Worcester), Sandra Voe (Mistress Quickly), Benjamin Whitrow (Shallow), Roland Davies, Christopher Saul, Dickon Tyrell


Author: Shakespeare
Company: Royal Shakespeare Company
Director(s): Michael Attenborough, Terry King (fight)
Design: Es Devlin
Costume: Kandis Cook
Lighting: Tim Mitchell
Sound: Scott Myers
Music: Paddy Cunneen
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Henry IV Part II

Henry IV Part II (Play) production archive for QTIX code T1341096478. Details of all Henry IV Part II archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S01510819245

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8 Nov 00
18 Nov 00
Northern Stage
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
21 Jun 00
7 Oct 00
Swan Theatre

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Sunday Times (11Jan01): [Michael Attenborough] sets Henry IV Part II in an occluded, misty light, even in the country scenes, where Shakespeare deploys Justice Shallow and his colleague Silence as comic relief. The light is sickly, echoing Henry IV's remark about "rotten times". One of his opponents, David Killick's worldly Archbishop of York, comments that "we are all diseased", urging rebellion against the usurper Henry as a purgative. The national sickness is the crisis of legitimacy caused by Henry's seizure of the crown, and it has infected the king himself. This is a fine production, which uses the intimacy of the Swan Theatre to bring you close to the hearts and minds of men who are leaders, but also suffering beings. [David Troughton]'s Henry IV has tremendous presence, even as his ailing body gives place to [William Houston]'s attractively maturing Hal. It is a criticism of sorts that Part II works best when seen in relation to Part I, but such is the forward impetus generated by Houston's performance, I can't wait to see him on Stratford's main stage at the end of August, when Edward Hall directs him in Henry V.

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