Royal Shakespeare Company returns to history favourite with Henry IV

Henry IV

Antony Sher returns to the RSC this week for the opening of Henry IV.

The production has its opening on Wednesday and plays at Stratford-Upon-Avon until September.

It then tours to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Norwich, Salford, Bradford, Bath and Canterbury before taking up residence at The Barbican, London between November 29 and January 24.

Cinema audiences can see a live screening on May 14.

Henry IV Parts I & II are directed by the RSC’s artistic director Gregory Doran and sees Sher playing Falstaff, Jasper Britton as Henry IV, Alex Hassell as Prince Hal and Paola Dionisotti as Mistress Quickly.

Knighted for his services for acting and writing, Antony Sher first worked for the RSC in 1982.

He last appeared with the RSC in the 2009 Baxter Theatre Centre/RSC production of The Tempest.

Said Doran: “Henry IV, Parts I and II were chosen to open the Elisabeth Scott Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1932.

“We presented them as part of the celebrations for the Festival of Britain in 1951, with Richard Burton as Hal; and for Shakespeare’s tercentenary in 1964 directed by Peter Hall.

“They are great plays to celebrate a big occasion and I am delighted to be mounting them again to mark Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, and taking them on the road.

“I’m thrilled to be working with a cast that includes Antony Sher as Falstaff, Jasper Britton as Henry IV, Alex Hassell as Hal and Paola Dionisotti as Mistress Quickly.

“With their mixture of comedy, history and pathos, Henry IV Parts I and II have always had a broad appeal.

“I hope audiences will join us to experience what are, arguably, two of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.”

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