Why See Henry IV Part I or Hotspur?
Two Harrys: unlike in dignity
After toppling Richard II, Henry IV is finally King. But the unrest in the country leaves him no time to relax. Once close allies the Percys are preparing to usurp him, with their son, Hotspur leading the charge. And where is Henry IV's own son and heir Hal, on whom he should be able to depend? Down the pub with Sir John Falstaff, drinking, playing pranks and ignoring the ever-encroaching threat of rebellion.
But the streets of Eastcheap can't keep him away from his fate forever. When Hotspur makes his first move, Prince Hal steps up to bat for his father and as battle approaches, finally taking to a cause that will change the course of England as a whole.
Staged once more by the Globe as part of their 2019 Summer season, this enduringly popular play sees Michelle Terry as Hotspur, Sarah Amankwah as Hal and Helen Schlesinger as Falstaff. Find out more about Part II here.
Opening night: 23 April 2019
And before you stop reading
Audio-Described performance: August 3rd at 12.00 and August 29th at 19.30
Relaxed performance: July 9th at 19.30
Captioned performance: May 22nd at 19.30 and June 30th at 12.00
BSL interpreted performance: June 9th at 12.00
Cast and Creative
Sarah Amankwah as Hal
Michelle Terry as Hotspur
Helen Schlesinger as Falstaff
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Federay Jones
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