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Henry IV Part 2 (2008, Royal Shakespeare Company)

TitleHenry IV Part 2
Theater CompanyRoyal Shakespeare Company
Release LocationsUK
Start Date2008-04-05
End Date2008-05-23
Play ConnectionsHenry IV, Part 2 (performance)


After defeat at the Battle of Shrewsbury the rebels regroup and flock to the side of the popular religious leader, the Archbishop of York. With further conflict inevitable, Prince Hal and Falstaff must once more prepare to go to battle. But Hal's reluctance to inherit the crown threatens to destroy the ailing Henry IV's dream of a lasting dynasty. Meanwhile the industrious Falstaff turns the war to his advantage; avoiding his debts in Eastcheap, profiteering from the recruitment of unfit soldiers and enjoying the hospitality of old friends in Gloucestershire. When news of the King's death reaches Falstaff, he hurriedly returns to London convinced that with his protégé Hal to be crowned, he will assume his place at the new King's right hand. The anarchic presence of Falstaff pervades both parts of Henry IV, providing a comic and touching counterpoint to the civil violence that has engulfed England.

Royal Shakespeare Company — Added 2008-11-14

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Theater Company Royal Shakespeare Company

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