Henry IVi

by William Shakespeare

Presented by Melbourne University Shakespeare Company

“No more the thirsty entrance of this soil
Shall daub her lips with her own children’s blood…”

With the deposed and unfavourable Richard dead, Queen Henry IV resides on the throne. The spirit of her crusade was meant to settle England’s affairs, but her people are discontented and her neighbouring subjects: the Welsh in the West, the Scots in the North, have both revolted. Her lands plunge into endless civil war.

The Queen owes her position to the Percy Family, who aided her succession. As relations between the two continue to sour, Percys within Henry’s ranks – noblemen, like her prized general, Harry “Hotspur” Percy – plot rebellion against her with her enemies.

Henry’s daughter, Hal, discredits the family name with her reputation for gallivanting about taverns with thieves and shady company like that of her friend, the incorrigibly dishonest knight, Falstaff.

As houses prime for war, the necessity for family strength and solidarity come to the fore.

James Christensen’s modern adaptation of Henry IV Part 1 explores concepts of civil disobedience, and the performativity of allegiance and power, and its gendering.

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TICKETS → chook.as/musc/henry-iv 

Thursday 28/4 – 2 pm (Matinee) & 7:30 pm
Friday 29/4 – 7:30 pm
Saturday 30/4 – 7:30 pm – Auslan Interpreted

Wednesday 4/5 – 7:30 pm
Thursday 5/5 – 7:30 pm
Friday 6/5 – 7:30 pm
Saturday 7/5 – 7:30 pm

VENUE: Guild Theatre: 1st Floor, Union House, University of Melbourne

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Content Warning: – High-level violence, mild sexual references and adult themes. (PLEASE NOTE that bright lights and loud noises will be used during this show)
Recommended age: 14 or older