Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2

By Liston, William T. | Shakespeare Bulletin, Spring 2007 | Go to article overview

Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2


Liston, William T., Shakespeare Bulletin


Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2

Presented by the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago, Illinois. May 10-June 18, 2006. At the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, July 6-15, 2006. Directed by Barbara Gaines. Set by Neil Patel. Costumes by Virgil C. Johnson. Fights by Robin McFarquhar. With David Lively (King Henry IV), Jeffrey Carlson (Henry, Prince of Wales), Robert Scogin (Lord Chief Justice, Worcester) Braden Moran (Sir Walter Blunt, Mouldy), Greg Vinkler (Falstaff), Lusia Strus (Mistress Quickly), Timothy Edward Kane (Poins), Dan Kenney (Bardolph), Ross Lehman (Peto, Rumor), Kevin Gudahl (Pistol, Douglas, Lord Bardolph), Susan Hart (Doll Tearsheet), Bruce A. Young (Northumberland, Vernon), John Douglas Thompson (Hotspur), Kate Fry (Lady Percy), John Reeger (Glendower, Archbishop of York, Davie), Brian Herriott (Mortimer, Bullcalf), Jessie Mueller (Lady Mortimer), Mike Nussbaum (Shallow), Dale Benson (Silence), Matt Hawkins (Shadow), Richard Manera (Wart), Jay Whittaker (Feeble), and others.

For a short run, The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre mounted both parts of Henry IV as a single package taking about six hours, including an interval in each play, and a dinner break between the plays. After the run, these productions were reincarnated on the Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan stage as part of the RSC's Complete Works season. The transition should have been easy: the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier is modeled on the Swan.

Henry IV, Part 1, opened with the King lying in bed, with his crown next to him on a blood-stained white pillow, clearly foreshadowing the sick-bed scene in Part 2. The King awoke with a start, as if suffering a nightmare. A quick change of scene gave us the same bed, but now with both Falstaff and Hal in it, both of them with whores, establishing a Hal who was fully as debauched as his companions. At the end of that scene, Hal delivered his "I know you all" monologue angrily, with a strong sense of self-contempt. He never outgrew this immature petulance, but his abrupt shift from playing a prank on Francis in Eastcheap to "I am not yet of Percy's mind, the Hotspur of the North" did seem to arise out of a sudden, if temporary, awareness that he was frittering his life away in debauchery and immature foolery.

The skit in which the Prince and Falstaff alternated playing the King and the repentant Hal was lively and entertaining, but Hal's "I do, I will" at the end seemed casual, presaging nothing beyond the playful moment. Much more ominous was the entry of the Sheriff a moment later. He bullied one of Hal's low companions, and was about to look behind the arras for Falstaff when the Prince prevented him from doing so. This was the dutiful and loyal Justice of Part 2, with a hint of police brutality in him.

In some ways, the rebels were more attractive in their leisure than the royal party, though not free of contention among themselves. In his attempt to impress Hotspur with his importance, Mortimer demonstrated his magical powers by producing an explosion from the end of his staff. But after they patched up their quartel, the map scene became idyllic as the warriors spent a few moments with their ladies. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.