In this section we look at past productions of Henry IV Part II: John Barton, Peter Hall and Clifford Williams’ 1964 production, part of ‘The Wars of the Roses’ cycle; Terry Hands’ production in 1975, the second instalment of his Lancastrian trilogy; and Trevor Nunn’s 1982 production, the second part of the opening double-bill at the Barbican Theatre in London.

All productions of Shakespeare have one thing in common: the text. They can differ greatly because each text is open to interpretation and every director and their company makes different interpretative choices in the rehearsal room.

Here we delve into our archive to give you a snapshot of our creative process behind the productions. You can see previously-unseen production records, reviews, production and rehearsal photos to give you an insight of the depth of work that goes on behind the scenes of our productions.

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