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Henry IV, Part 2 (1979, David Giles)

TitleHenry IV, Part 2
Release LocationsGB
DirectorDavid Giles
MediumColor video
Length2 hrs, 35 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsHenry IV, Part 2 (teleplay)
SeriesThe Shakespeare Plays


By using the same principal actors that appeared in 1H4, this production offers a rare opportunity to witness on screen the ongoing fortunes of Prince Hal, Falstaff and company. In 1H4, as has been noted by others, Hal wins his spurs as a warrior at Shrewsbury; here in 2H4 he demonstrates his statesmanship at Westminster. He thus becomes the epitome of the renaissance prince skilled in the talents of both the lion and the fox. Set designer Homfray also noted that the opening up of the social scene in the second part of Henry IV created difficult problems. He had to include not only tavern but also countryside; not only court but battlefield

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

MouldyJulian Battersby
WarwickRod Beacham
PetoSteven Beard
HastingsRichard Bebb
Mistress QuicklyBrenda Bruce
WestmorelandDavid Buck
DollFrances Cuka
ClarenceRoger Davenport
Lady PercyMichele Dotrice
ShallowRobert Eddison
LancasterRob Edwards
King Henry IVJon Finch
PageJohn Fowler
SilenceLeslie French
PoinsJack Galloway
BardolphGordon Gostelow
Prince Of WalesDavid Gwillim
ShadowRoy Herrick
Lord BardolphJohn Humphry
Lady NorthumberlandJenny Laird
JusticeRalph Michael
MowbrayMichael Miller
ScroopDavid Neal
GloucesterMartin Neil
MortonCarl Oatley
DavyRaymond Platt
GowerBrian Poyser
PistolB. Pringle
FangFrederick Proud
NorthumberlandBruce Purchase
FalstaffAnthony Quayle
ColvilleSalvin Stewart
TraversDavid Strong
FeebleJohn Tordoff

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorDavid Giles
Director's AssistantBeryl Watts
ProducerCedric Messina
Literary ConsultantJohn Wilders
ComposerDavid Lloyd-Jones
Adaptor/TranslatorAlan Shallcross
Production ManagerFraser Lowden
CostumesOdette Barrow
MakeupElizabeth Moss
LightingDennis Channon
ProductionDon Homfray
Production AssistantJenny Macarthur

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell