Henry the 4th
by William Shakespeare
adapted and directed by Shelley MacAskill
After seizing the throne, King Henry IV rebuilds his kingdom and despairs over his heir's dissipated life in the London slums. Prince Hal spends his time carousing with the bawdy Joan Falstaff and her gang of thieves and misfits, but he is far more than the scoundrel he seems. When the king's former allies rebel against him, Hal plans to redeem himself in his father's eyes. Facing the rebel leader, Hotspur - England's greatest and noblest warrior - Hal has a chance to prove his worth, but will redemption bring more pain than Hal could imagine?
Theatre@First's Henry the 4th combines two of Shakespeare's greatest history plays in one thrilling night of theatre!
About the Director: Shelley MacAskill has been involved in thirteen productions with Theatre@First, including directing Harriet IV - a gender-swapped one-act version of Henry IV - for Festival@First 7: Shaken Up Shakespeare. She has also produced two plays (The Lady's Not for Burning and Bent), been Technical Director for another (Equus), and been stage manager, rehearsal assistant, and light board operator for more than she can readily recall. This is her first time directing a full-length play.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 8pm
Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8pm
Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 8pm
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 8pm
Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 8pm
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 8pm
Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 4pm
Henry the 4th was presented at Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville.
The performance space is not wheelchair-accessible.
Parking on William St is by permit only. General parking is available on College Ave. Please read signs carefully to avoid ticketing.
Harry "Hotspur" Percy
Sir Walter Blunt
Sir Richard Vernon/Traveler
John of Lancaster/Traveler
Stage Manager/Rehearsal Assistant
Assistant Technical Director
Light/Sound Board Op