Antony Sher as Falstaff and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal sit on stage talking animatedly.

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Henry IV Part I

William Shakespeare

Discover teaching ideas and lesson planning inspiration through our range of resources, activities and other supporting materials on Shakespeare's Henry IV Part I.

Henry IV Part I tells the story of the young Prince Hal. His father is worried that Hal won’t make a very good king because instead of behaving like a Prince he spends most of his time with his drunken friend Falstaff. As the play goes on Prince Hal begins to change.

For young people of all ages, this play is a brilliant way to look at taking on responsibility as well as looking at a range of other themes including:

  • Rivalry
  • Kingship
  • Responsibility

There are lots of ways you could choose to approach this text but you may find the following particularly useful:

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