King Henry IV risked everything for the crown. But his son doesn’t seem to share the same ambition. Instead, he’d rather hang around with petty criminals and lowlife drunkards. But when the King’s former supporters stage a rebellion against him, we’re drawn into a sprawling tale of adventure, ambition and political intrigue.
John Bell directs this new production and stars as Shakespeare’s greatest comic creation, Falstaff. Lord of misrule, life of the party, corrupter of youth. And his Australian take on English history, with its monarchy, class system and civil unrest teeters on the edge of anarchy.
This age-old story of a rebellious son and a domineering father is bursting with dramatic tension interspersed with riotous, bawdy comedy, music and violence set to recapture the boisterous atmosphere of Shakespeare’s Globe for a modern audience.
The running time of Henry 4 is 3 hours and 10 minutes including interval.
Henry 4 is supported by the Centenary of Canberra, an initiative of the ACT Government, and by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.
Henry 4 Trailer
BY William Shakespeare
ADAPTED BY John Bell
DIRECTOR John Bell with Damien Ryan
DESIGNER Stephen Curtis
LIGHTING DESIGNER Matt Scott
COMPOSER Kelly Ryall
FIGHT DIRECTOR Scott Witt
TEXT CAPTAIN Tony Llewellyn-Jones
CANBERRA | 23 February – 9 March
Canberra Theatre Centre, The Playhouse
MELBOURNE | 14 – 30 March
Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
PERTH | 5 – 13 April
State Theatre Centre, Heath Ledger Theatre
SYDNEY | 19 April – 26 May
Sydney Opera House, Drama Theatre
Single Ticket Prices
Prices listed are for Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra only.
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All Performances (excluding Saturday 7:30pm)
Groups of 8 or more $65
Under 30† $33
Saturdays at 7:30pm
Groups of 8 or more $72
Under 30† $48
Transaction/booking fees may apply.
*Concession applies to Australian Pensioners, Health Care Card holders, Full-time Students, Seniors Card holders and MEAA members. Proof of concession must be provided. † Available to people turning 30 or under in 2013. Proof of age must be provided.
Melbourne | Saturday 23 March 1pm