“Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere;
Nor can one England brook a double reign,
Of Harry Percy and the Prince of Wales”
Henry IV has seized control of the English crown from Richard II, however he is struggling to maintain control of his power. Enemies are gathering both abroad and much closer to home.
The Percy family, once loyal supporters who helped Henry with the hostile takeover of the crown, become bitter enemies. The young Harry Percy, a favourite commander of the King’s and a man the King prefers over his own son, decides to take action against the ruler.
The King’s own son, Prince Harry, is a public embarrassment who spends his time womanising and drinking in taverns with the likes of the notorious rogue, Falstaff.
As the crisis grows and war looms the King faces the ultimate leadership challenge. Effective crisis management is called for, but is Henry a capable-enough leader?
Thrice Ninth Productions has achieved a reputation for creating memorable, accessible and physically powerful theatre, their Shakespieces series continues that tradition.
Shakespieces are shortened versions of Shakespeare’s classics played out with a small cast of performers. The shows are sharp, dynamic and accessible productions that have real impact with contemporary audiences, but remain faithful to Shakespeare’s language and intent.
The company are excited that their first Shakespiece Henry IV part 1 will be performed in its original home at The Rose Theatre. Staged in a contemporary setting the battle for the throne plays out as a battle of the boardroom.
HENRY IV part I by William Shakespeare
Directed by Michael Yale
Cast: Andrew Young, Frank Teale, Lyndall Grant, Michael Yale, Michael Andrews
The Rose Playhouse, Bankside, London
29th July to 9th August 2014
Running time will be around 1hr 30 mins, no interval
The Rose Playhouse, Bankside’s first theatre, 1587. The Rose is an indoor archaeological site, it is advisable to dress with an extra layer as there is no heating. There are also no toilets so please use Shakespeare’s Globe just a few hundred meters away.
Box Office 020 7261 9565 or www.rosetheatre.org.uk
Monday 21st July 2014