Orson Welles condenses the Henriad cycle into a single focused narrative. An amalgamation of scenes from Richard II, Henry IV part 1, Henry IV part 2, Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

On the brink of Civil War, King Henry IV (John Gielgud) attempts to consolidate his reign while fretting with unease over his son's seeming neglect of his royal duties. Hal (Keith Baxter), the young Prince, openly consorts with Sir John Falstaff (Orson Welles) and his company of "Diana s foresters, Gentlemen of the shade, Minions of the moon". Hal s friendship with the fat knight substitutes for his estrangement from his father. Both Falstaff and the King are old and tired; both rely on Hal for comfort in their final years, while the young Prince, the future Henry V, nurtures his own ambitions.

An amalgamation of scenes from Richard II, Henry IV part 1, Henry IV part 2, Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Orson Welles as Sir John Falstaff
Keith Baxter as Prince Hal
John Gielgud as King Henry IV
Jeanne Moreau as Doll Tearsheet
Margaret Rutherford as Mistress Quickly
Norman Rodway as Henry Percy, called Hotspur
Fernando Rey as Earl of Worcester
Marina Vlady as Kate Percy
Alan Webb as Justice Shallow
Walter Chiari as Justice Silence
Michael Aldridge as Pistol
Tony Beckley as Ned Poins
Andrew Faulds as Earl of Westmoreland
José Nieto as Earl of Northumberland
Jeremy Rowe as Prince John
Beatrice Welles as Falstaff's Page
Patrick Bedford as Bardolph
Ralph Richardson as The Narrator (voice)

Certificate PG
Running Time 113 mins
Region 0
Main Language English
Release Date 30/04/2012

Number of Discs 1

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