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Henry IV, Part 1 - Rose Playhouse, Bankside

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AS PART of its Shakespieces series, Thrice Ninth Productions is presenting William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1 at the Rose Playhouse, Bankside – from July 29 to August 9, 2014.

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.

Although Henry IV has seized control of the English crown from Richard II, 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?

Michael Yale directs a cast that includes Andrew Young, Frank Teale, Lyndall Grant, Michael Yale and Michael Andrews.

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.

Tickets: £12, £10 concessions, Southwark Residents £9 (with proof of address). To book, call the box office on 020 7261 9565 or visit www.rosetheatre.org.uk/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Sunday at 3pm.

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (no interval).

NB: As The Rose is an indoor archaeological site, it is advisable to dress sensibly as there is no heating. There are also no toilets so audience members are advised to use Shakespeare’s Globe just a few hundred meters away.

The Rose Playhouse, Bankside, 56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AR