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Henry IV, Part 1: Insider's Guide




1 Henry IV is one of Shakespeare's most enduring and timeless history plays. From the barroom humor of Falstaff to Hotspur's doomed ambition to Prince Hal's stunning transformation, 1 Henry IV fascinates us by presenting a world where, as director Paul Mason Barnes puts it, "no one is simple."


Introduce your students to this classic work with our Folger Insider's Guide, as Folger Theatre artists talk through the heroes and politics of 1 Henry IV.

This video highlights the play's themes, characters, and plot, perfect for students encountering the play for the first time or listeners seeking a refresher course.



The Insider's Guide series is a project of Folger Education, Robert G. Young, Director, and Folger External Relations, Garland Scott, Head.

Director/Writer/Producer: Tien Pasco, StoryLab Films
Director of Photography: David Brillhart, Kasey Kirby
Gaffer: Doug Wallick
Sound Recordist: Paul Flinton, Lorenzo Millan
Media Manager: Nate Pesce
Editor: Teresa Stubs
Sound Design/Mix: Ott House Audio


Special thanks to Folger Theatre, Janet Alexander Griffin, Artistic Producer, and the featured artists from its 2008 production of Henry IV, Part 1, directed by Paul Mason Barnes.

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