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Henry IV Part II

Fri 26 Sep - Sat 4 Oct

Tue 30 Sep, 19:30
Audio Description
Thu 2 Oct, 19:30
Captioning - CAP

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 heart-breaking conclusion to this pair of plays.

Directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and with a cast including Antony Sher as Falstaff, Jasper Britton as Henry and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal.

Performed in period costume.

Please note: contains flashing lights.

Other productions in The RSC Newcastle upon Tyne Season 2014 are Henry IV Part I and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Book to see all three productions and save 15% on the price of your tickets (not available online, please visit the Box Office or call on 08448 11 21 21).

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Audio Described Performance, Tue 30 Sep, 7.30pm.

Captioned Performance, Thu 2 Oct, 7.30pm.

Free post-show talk on Tue 30 Sept. Stay on after the performance and put your questions to members of the Acting Company. Approx 30 mins.

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£15 schools tickets (£13 RSC Education Members) available Mon - Thu performances. Please note the number of schools tickets is limited.

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With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. 
Having deposed the previous king, he is only too aware how tenuous his position is, and the price to be paid if he falters.
As his father prepares to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in the taverns and brothels of London, revelling in the company of his friend, the notorious Sir John Falstaff.
With the onset of the war, Hal and Falstaff are thrust into the brutal reality of the battlefield, where Hal must confront his responsibilities to family and throne.
RSC Associate Artist Antony Sher returns to the Company to play the infamous comic knight Falstaff. He is joined by Jasper Britton as Henry IV and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal. 

Please note: only one discount applies at any one time. Discounts are not available online, please visit our Box Office or call on 08448 11 21 21.

Running time: 3hr

Please note that all ticket prices include a contribution to our heritage fund.


****A crack company: Alex Hassell's excellent Hal, Jasper Britton's emotionally turbulent Henry, Paola Dionisotti's Dot Cotton-like take on QuicklyThe Independent

****Sher's Magnificent, Magnetic Falstaff - a major performance (in) Shakespeare's two greatest playsThe Guardian

****Justice Shallow and Justice Silence – played here to addled, vacant-eyed perfection by Oliver Ford Davies and Jim HooperDaily Telegraph

****A comic delightThe Times

****comic genius of Oliver Ford Davies’s Shallow and Jim Hooper’s Silence. A true joy to behold’WhatsOnStage

****These productions are a real treat: intelligent, accessible and superbly performedThe Stage

****It is Sher’s irrepressible Falstaff that will linger in the memory – a lord or misrule who’s absurd, delightful and in the end deeply sadEvening Standard