Henry IV Part 2 is the second instalment of Shakespeare’s account of the rise of Prince Hal.
Hotspur is dead and Prince Hal has proved his mettle on the battlefield, but Henry IV lies dying and the rebels, though scattered, show no sign of declaring their allegiance to the Crown. Even Falstaff is forced out of the taverns to raise a scratch militia in the country. But will his attachment to the rising Hal be rewarded with promotion and the life of ease he feels sure he deserves?
Henry IV Part 2 includes some of the greatest moments in Shakespeare: the deathbed scene of the old King, when Hal contemplates the crown; the reunion of Falstaff with his old boon companion, Justice Shallow; and Hal’s devastating rejection of Falstaff himself.
Henry IV Part 2 will employ Renaissance staging and costume.
For more about Henry IV Part 2 at Shakespeare’s Globe read the First Night Feature.