Recorded live at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, May 2014
Antony Sher (Falstaff), Alex Hassell (Prince Hal), Jasper Britton (King Henry), Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly), Trevor White (Hotspur), Antony Nyrne ( (Earl of Worcester), Sean Chapman (Earl of Northumberland/Earl of Douglas), Jennifer Kirby (Lady Percy), Sam Marks (Ned Poins), Jim Hooper (Sir Richard Vernon), Joshua Richards (Bardolph/Owen Glendower), Robert Gilbert (Lord Edmund Mortimer/Carrier), , Jonny Glynn (Rakehell), Nicolas Gerard-Martin (Carrier/Sir Michael), Simon Thorp (Sir Walter Blunt/Lord Chief Justice), Keith Osborn (Archbishop of York), Youseff Kerkour (Earl of Westmoreland/Ostler), Simon Yadoo (Chamberlain/Vintner), Lee Quinn (Traveller)
Royal Shakespeare Company, Gregory Doran (director)
With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. Having deposed the previous king, he is only too aware how tenuous his position is, and the price to be paid if he falters. As his father prepares to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in the taverns and brothels of London, revelling in the company of his friend, the notorious Sir John Falstaff. With the onset of war, Hal and Falstaff are thrust into the brutal reality of the battlefield, where Hal must confront his responsibilities to family and throne.
Running time: 168 minutes
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
"A sublime blend of fathomless gloom and mad merriment. Strongly recommended" - ★★★★ Independent