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Henry IV, Part I

a drama by William Shakespeare

Department of Theatre & Drama

December 10-13, 2015 • Power Center

 


Overview

Fresh from his ouster of Richard II, King Henry IV finds no joy in ruling as he faces political derision from those who consider him a usurper to the throne. Even his son Hal is absent, choosing instead to lead a desolate life with the lowly knight Falstaff and his gang of riffraff. As Henry’s reign faces increasing threats from Lord Northumberland and his son Hotspur, Hal must begin his own journey towards honor and the respect of a nation.

Oft called Shakespeare’s greatest history play, Henry IV, Part I debuted in 1596 and was an immediate success on stage and in print. The drama intricately weaves a complex royal history with a realistic portrayal of the common man. In Falstaff, Shakespeare creates his most unforgettable personality – one of quick, irreverent wit and willing irresponsibility. From boisterous comedy, to political intrigue, to the chaos of the battlefield, Henry IV, Part I is a intriguing look at a country and family in turmoil.

 

Artistic Staff

Directors Priscilla Lindsay, Robert Najarian
Scenic Designer Gary Decker
Costume Designer Christianne Myers
Lighting Designer Ken Smith
Wig & Makeup Designer Dawn Rivard
Stage Manager Emily Fischer

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower

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