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Release date: 14 May 2014
Running time: 180 minutes
Antony Sher plays comic knight Falstaff in a new production of Shakespeare's compelling tale of power politics, broadcast live from the Bard's home town. Having deposed Richard, King Henry IV (Jasper Britton) now faces trouble at home and abroad. His son and heir, Prince Hal (Alex Hassell), meanwhile, has forsaken the Royal Court for the life of a barfly and wastrel in Eastcheap. Down among the drunks, whores and petty criminals, Hal falls in with corrupt and portly knight Sir John Falstaff (Antony Sher). A liar, glutton, cheat and braggart, Falstaff is also witty, warm and enormous fun. But when disquiet turns to open rebellion, led by the Earl of Northumberland's son Hotspur, it's time for Hal to start acting like a prince. RSC Associate Artist Antony Sher returns to the company for his partner and frequent collaborator Gregory Doran's eagerly anticipated production of the second of Shakespeare's historical plays.
Original title: RSC Live: Henry IV Part 1
Age restrictions: 12A