Henry IV on tour in Autumn 2014
10 February 2014
THE RSC ON TOUR WITH HENRY IV PART I AND II IN AUTUMN 2014
TOUR OPENS IN NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, BEFORE VISITING NORWICH, SALFORD, BRADFORD, BATH, CANTERBURY AFTER PERFORMANCES IN STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
PRODUCTION THEN RUNS AT THE BARBICAN, LONDON BETWEEN 29 NOVEMBER 2014 – 24 JANUARY 2015
PRODUCTION DIRECTED BY RSC ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, GREGORY DORAN
FEATURING RSC ASSOCIATE ARTIST, ANTONY SHER AS FALSTAFF, JASPER BRITTON AS HENRY IV, ALEX HASSELL AS PRINCE HAL AND PAOLA DIONISOTTI AS MISTRESS QUICKLY
The Royal Shakespeare Company will tour Henry IV Parts I and II, Shakespeare's celebrated history plays, to Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich, Salford, Bradford, Bath and Canterbury between September – November 2014. The productions will take to the road after a season at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon between March – September 2014, and before playing at the Barbican in London between November 2014 – January 2015.
Directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran, the productions feature RSC Associate Artist, Antony Sher as Sir John Falstaff, Jasper Britton as Henry IV, Alex Hassell as Prince Hal and Paola Dionisotti as Mistress Quickly.
Knighted for his services for acting and writing, Antony Sher first worked for the RSC in 1982. He last appeared with the RSC in the 2009 Baxter Theatre Centre/RSC production of The Tempest. His many other roles for the company have included his award-winning performance in Richard III, as well as the title roles in Tamburlaine, Cyrano de Bergerac and Macbeth. He played Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and Iago in Othello. In 2005 he directed Fraser Grace's play Breakfast with Mugabe for the RSC. He played Disraeli in the film, Mrs Brown alongside Judi Dench. His other credits include The Captain of Kopenick, Stanley and Primo for the National Theatre. Antony Sher's books include the memoirs Woza Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus in South Africa, (co-written with his partner, Gregory Doran in 1997), Year of the King (1985) and his auto-biography Beside Myself (2002).
Jasper Britton's previous RSC work includes Petruchio in Gregory Doran's productions of The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed (2003/4). Other recent stage appearances include Private Ear/Public Eye (national tour) and Amygdala (The Print Room). Jasper's TV credits include: The Royal and Midsomer Murders, and the film Anonymous.
Alex Hassell returns to the RSC after appearing in Cardenio, The City Madam, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2011) and Othello (2009). Screen credits include Silent Witness, Hustle and Miranda, and the films, Anonymous and Calendar Girls. In 2012 he played alongside Jonathan Pryce and Alan Cox in an international tour of The Caretaker.
Paola Dionisotti plays Mistress Quickly, following her performances as Pandulph in King John and Margaret in Richard III for the RSC in 2012.
Gregory Doran became the RSC's Artistic Director in 2012. Recent credits include Richard II (with David Tennant in the title role) and an international tour of Julius Caesar.
Talking about the forthcoming productions, Gregory Doran said: “Henry IV, Parts I and II were chosen to open the Elisabeth Scott Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1932. We presented them as part of the celebrations for the Festival of Britain in 1951, with Richard Burton as Hal; and for Shakespeare's tercentenary in 1964 directed by Peter Hall. They are great plays to celebrate a big occasion and I am delighted to be mounting them again to mark Shakespeare's 450th birthday, and taking them on the road.
“I'm thrilled to be working with a cast that includes Antony Sher as Falstaff, Jasper Britton as Henry IV, Alex Hassell as Hal and Paola Dionisotti as Mistress Quickly. With their mixture of comedy, history and pathos, Henry IV Parts I and II have always had a broad appeal. I hope audiences will join us to experience what are, arguably, two of Shakespeare's greatest plays.”
Henry IV, Part I cast includes: Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Prince John/Francis); Martin Bassindale (Peto); Jasper Britton (King Henry IV); Antony Byrne (Worcester); Sean Chapman (Northumberland/Earl of Douglas); Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly); Jonny Glynn (Gadshill); Nia Gwynne (Lady Mortimer); Alex Hassell (Prince Hal); Jim Hooper (Sir Richard Vernon); Youssef Kerkour (Westmoreland); Sam Marks (Poins); Keith Osborn (Scroop); Leigh Quinn (Traveller); Joshua Richards (Bardolph/Glendower); Antony Sher (Sir John Falstaff); Simon Thorp (Sir Walter Blunt); Trevor White (Hotspur) and Simon Yadoo (Chamberlain).
Henry IV, Part II cast includes: Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Prince John/Francis); Martin Bassindale (Peto); Jasper Britton (King Henry IV); Antony Byrne (Pistol); Sean Chapman (Northumberland); Oliver Ford Davies (Shallow); Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly); Jonny Glynn (Warwick); Nia Gwynne (Doll Tearsheet); Alex Hassell (Prince Hal); Jim Hooper (Silence); Youssef Kerkour (Westmoreland); Sam Marks (Poins); Keith Osborn (Scroop); Leigh Quinn (Wart); Joshua Richards (Bardolph); Antony Sher (Sir John Falstaff); Simon Thorp (Lord Chief Justice); Trevor White (Mowbray) and Simon Yadoo (Lord Bardolph).
The production is designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis, lighting by Tim Mitchell, music by Paul Englishby, sound by Martin Slavin, movement by Michael Ashcroft and fights by Terry King.
For further information please contact:
Dean Asker, RSC Press Office
01789 412660, 0778 9937759
Notes to editors
Henry IV, Parts I and II performance dates
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
In repertoire 18 March – 6 September 2014
Press performances: 16 April, 1pm and 7pm
Box Office: 0844 800 1110
On sale now
Newcastle Theatre Royal
25 September – 4 October 2014
Box Office: 08448 112121
On sale to Friends of the Theatre Royal from 11 February
Advantage, Groups & Schools from 13 February
Public booking from 15 February
Theatre Royal, Norwich
14 – 18 October 2014
Box Office: 01603 630000
On sale to Friends from 3 April
Public booking from 24 April
The Lowry, Salford
21-25 October 2014
Box Office: 0843 208 6000
On sale to Groups and Friends from 24 February
Public booking from 3 March
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
28 October – 1 November 2014
Box Office: 01274 432000
On sale to Friends' members from 10 February
Public booking from 17 February
Theatre Royal, Bath
4 – 8 November 2014
Box Office: 01225 448844
On sale from June 2014
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
11-15 November 2014
Box Office: 01227 787787
On sale to The Marlowe Friends from 17 March
Public booking from 31 March
29 November 2014 – 24 January 2015
Box Office: 020 7638 8891
Press performances: 11 December, 1pm and 7pm
Priority Plus: from Monday 24 March
RSC Full and Barbican Red Members from 26 March
RSC Associate and Barbican Orange Members from 28 March
Public booking and Barbican Yellow Members: from 4 April
Live from Stratford-upon-Avon
Both productions will be broadcast 'Live from Stratford-upon-Avon' to cinemas in collaboration with Picturehouse Entertainment. Henry IV, Part I will be filmed during the performance in the RST on Wednesday 14 May and Henry IV, Part II on Wednesday 18 June and simultaneously screened in over 300 cinemas around the country whilst also being available in North America, Australia, Japan and Northern Europe.
The productions will also be broadcast into classrooms across the UK: Henry IV, Part I in June 2014 and Henry IV, Part II in July 2014. As the first theatre company to broadcast its work to schools the RSC reached over 34,000 students with its opening streaming of Richard II in November 201 which included a live Q&A hosted by Konnie Huq with David Tennant and Gregory Doran.