Henry IV, Part 1
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: December 2004
Duration: 2 hours 47 minutes
This play introduces Shakespeare’s greatest comedic character, the dissolute knight Sir John Falstaff.
While King Henry’s England is threatened by rebellion, the king’s scapegrace son Hal haunts the taverns of London, his companions a crew of rogues and thieves let by Falstaff. The earl of Northumberland and his fiery son Hotspur scheme to overthrow the crown. Can Hal be brought to a sense of duty as Prince of Wales? Or will the influence of Falstaff prove too strong? The issue is decided when Hal, Hotspur, and Falstaff come together at the climactic battle of Shrewsbury.
Hal is played by Jamie Glover and King Henry by Julian Glover. Richard Griffiths is Falstaff.
“The emotional core of Henry IV, Part One is the contrast between men: between King Henry (Julian Glover); his son, Prince Hal (Jamie Glover); and the lovely, fat villain, Falstaff (Richard Griffiths). All of these men dramatize their parts masterfully. There is always more to them later in a scene than earlier…Even in the heat of battle or the middle of a saloon, with swords clashing or tankards clanking to set the scene, all the voices come through clearly.”—Audiofile