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.


Henry IV was reviewed by The England Theatre Geek.


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.


King Henry

Prince Hal

Joan Falstaff

Harry "Hotspur" Percy




Sir Walter Blunt





Lady Percy



Sir Richard Vernon/Traveler

John of Lancaster/Traveler

Mike Haddad

Jared Hite

Melissa Ehlers

Ari Herbstman

David Policar

John Day

Andrea Aptecker

Jason Merrill

Renée Johnson

Matthew Arnold

Mary Parker

Andrew Coate

Nicole Jones

Siena Moraff

Jim Muzzi

Zach McQueary

Keith Trickett

Production Team



Stage Manager/Rehearsal Assistant

Technical Director

Assistant Technical Director

House Manager

Fight Choreographer

Light/Sound Board Op

Costume Design



Stage Hands

Graphic Design


Lori-Anne Cohen

Shelley MacAskill

Vickie Wu

Nellie Farrington

Shazza Gilbert

Chris DeKalb

Chris Cardoni

LA Sweet

Amanda Dausman

Shazza Gilbert

Jeanné Callinan

Kitty Drexel

Alex Jersey

Ryan Walsh

Julia Tenney

Elizabeth Hunter