'Instinct is a great matter, I was a coward on instinct.'
The first installment of what is widely acknowledged to be Shakespeare's greatest historical saga, King Henry IV Part 1 is an epic tale of power, treachery and war, exploring the complexity of father-son relationships. Featuring an Olivier Award-winning performance from Roger Allam as Falstaff, the comical mentor to Jamie Parker's prince Hal, this celebrated and authentic production - expertly directed by Dominic Dromgoole - presents this classic play in all its glory.
Prince Hal, son of Henry IV, seems to be squandering his life among the whores, boozers and petty rogues of Eastcheap. And the greatest of these rogues is the fat knight, Sir John Falstaff, a liar, glutton, lecher, cheat, braggart, fool and sponger who also possesses wit, warmth, intelligence and a gigantic sense of fun. But beside these scenes of glorious misrule gathers a nationwide rebellion led by the Duke of Northumberland and his charismatic son, Hotspur.
Running time: 167 mins
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Claire van Kampen
Directed for the screen:
Lord Chief Justice, Blunt, Sheriff:
Douglas, Davy, Lord Bardolph:
Falstaff’s Page, Clarence:
King Henry IV:
Glendower, Bullcalf, Warwick:
Mowbray, Gadshill, Mouldy:
Danny Lee Wynter
What you have to say
Jan Edwards Jan Edwards
I loved this one so much! It made me think about the play in ways I never have before, and the performers were just so flippin' flexible and brilliant!
Caggy Hartley Caggy Hartley
I saw it today and thought Roger Allam was great
Cecilia Gandolfo Cecilia Gandolfo
Jeannine Robertson Jeannine Robertson
Fantastic set and costumes!
By far and away my favourite Falstaff.
Hands down the best version of Henry IV I've ever seen.
Kevin Kevin T, Tynemouth
Simply superb. Everything about this wonderful production is fun, engaging, utterly absorbing and a joy to see.There have been many unforgettable Falstaffs yet Roger Allam's performance is beyond praise - the best I have ever seen. But.....as towering as his performance is, it is part of an overall production that is thoroughly engaging, energetic and fun. Terrific.
Steve Howe Steve Howe, Essex
Mumble years after hating the Bard as a schoolboy, the Globe has finally opened my eyes. This was a joyous production, which both moved me and had me in stitches. Allam's Falstaff is magnificent - hilarious in the interrogations scene with Parker's excellent Hal; and heart-rending during the Honour speech. King, Hotspur, and Glendower (what a voice) first class as well. Hard to imagine a better production.
Phil Phil, Worcestershire
I bought this on DVD, having loved the performance and am delighted. The Globe is such a stunning experience, with so much to take in, and with that in mind it is easy to be distracted - 'live' Roger Allam steals the show from a first rate cast. But on DVD, with some great close up camera work, you get to appreciate ALL the performances to the full. Jamie Parker's, in particular, proves to be just as strong as Roger Allam's Falstaff. I bought Part II and now await the Henry V with relish!