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MASK WORN BY ALAN HOWARD
Henry IV, 1975
Director: Terry Hands
This object will be on display at Nash's House from 4th April until 31st December 2011
In this production Prince Henry was played by Alan Howard. This gold sequined mask was part of an outfit that was completely covered with gold sequins. One critic described Howard's appearance in this costume as 'stunning'.
Shakespeare wrote Henry IV in two parts. They tell the story of the development of a young prince into a king and the effect this has on his relationships with family, friends and subjects. The gold costume was worn for the coronation scene in Henry IV, Part II. This is the moment that Prince Henry becomes King Henry V. The costume served as a way of making a clear and striking visual distinction between Henry the Prince and Henry the King.
© 2011 Royal Shakespeare Company