1 Henry IV

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Rosa Joshi
September 03 – October 13, 2019
Folger Theatre

Honor is a two-edged sword.

Prince Hal spends his days carousing in seedy taverns with criminals and lowly commoners, much to the dismay of his father, King Henry IV. Winding from the Boar's Head Tavern to the shadows of Gad’s Hill, Hal’s path to the throne may be unusual, but it eventually leads him to the one place where questions of honor and reputation come to a head: the battlefield.

Running time for 1 Henry IV is approximately two hours, thirty minutes including a fifteen minute intermission.

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Please be aware that our production contains instances of haze and strobe lighting.  For more information, please contact the box office at 202.544.7077.

Who's Who

King Henry IV
Blunt, Mortimer
Lady Mortimer
Lady Percy
Prince John, Gadshill
Peto, Douglas
Mistress Quickly, Vernon
Westmoreland, Bardolph
Northumberland, Glendower
Prince Hal
Movement Director
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Original Music and Sound Design
Fight Choreographer
Resident Dramaturg
New York Casting
Folger Casting
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager

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Folger Theatre's production is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.