HENRY IV PART 1
STUFF THAT HAPPENS
STUFF THAT HAPPENS BEFORE THE PLAY
William Shakespeare’s Richard II
● King Richard II yields his crown to his cousin, Bolingbroke, making him King Henry IV.
● King Henry sends Richard to Pomfret castle where he is eventually killed by Henry’s supporters.
● At the close of Richard II, the newly enthroned Henry IV promises to make a penitential trip to the Holy Land.
STUFF THAT HAPPENS DURING THE PLAY…
● King Henry meets with his advisers to discuss his proposed crusade to the Holy Land, but the discussion turns to new battles on England’s northern borders.
● In the north, England’s forces have prevailed over the Scots, but the young English nobleman Harry Percy (Hotspur) won’t turn over his prisoners to King Henry.
● The King mourns the wanton behavior of his own Harry, his son, the Prince of Wales.
● Away from court, Prince Hal and Sir John Falstaff taunt each other after a night of drinking. Their cohort Poins attempts to enlist them in an upcoming robbery; after Falstaff leaves, Poins persuades Hal to rob and embarrass Falstaff; after Poins leaves, Hal tells the audience his plans for the future.
● King Henry meets with Hotspur, and Hotspur’s uncle (Worcester) to demand that Hotspur give up his prisoners. Hotspur agrees to do so only if the King will ransom Mortimer (Hotspur’s brother-in-law) from captivity in Wales. The King refuses.
● Hotspur’s family members agree on a plot to depose the King that involves Douglas (a Scottish warrior) and Glendower (a self-proclaimed Welsh wizard).
● Falstaff and his confederates (Peto and Bardolph) rob some travelers and are, in turn, robbed by the disguised Prince Hal and Poins.
● Hotspur reads a letter from a nobleman who refuses to join the rebellion against King Henry. Hotspur’s wife (Lady Percy) asks Hotspur what’s troubling him.
● At a tavern in Eastcheap, Falstaff exaggerates and lies about the robbery. A nobleman brings a summons for Hal from the King.
● In Wales, the rebels plan their campaign against the royal forces and discuss the division of the kingdom they have yet to win.
● Honor, cowardice, bravery, growing up, and civil wars ensue.
Lady Percy / Vernon
Poins / Earl of Worcester
Peto / Edmund Mortimer / Earl of Westmorland
Bardolf/ Lord John of Lancaster/ Messenger
Lady Mortimer / Earl of Douglas / Sheriff / Traveler
Prince Henry (Hal)
Blunt / Glendower / Traveler
Hostess Quickly / Traveler
Hugh Simpson III
Poster / Photography
Colton Dennis and The MAC Staff
Producer / Artistic Director of Merced Shakes