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Synopsis

The second Henry IV play opens with Prince Hal and his longtime mentor and friend, Falstaff, together, once more. The criminals and lowlifes with whom Hal and Falstaff consort are winning some power, and Falstaff is recruiting young men to fight. Hal's father, King Henry IV, has become ill, and is worried about the power shift when his son becomes king. As King Henry's power wanes, however, we see his debauched son come into his own and take up the mantle of the monarchy. When King Henry dies, Prince Hal is crowned King Henry V of England. One of the first things Hal does is to tell Falstaff that he no longer has any need for his friendship, advice, or support. As Hal takes on the seriousness of the kingship, he continues to plan to wage war with France, a battle which culminates in Shakespeare's final play in the "Henriad," Henry V.


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
5 Acts
First Produced:
1599
Genres
Historical/Biographical
Time & Place
england
Cast Size
large
Ideal For
professional theatre, university theatre, outdoor theatre, community theatre, male-heavy cast, male-forward
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes mature adult, young adult, late teen, adult characters

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