Henry IV (Part II) is the melancholic, comedic and touching conclusion of the saga of King Henry IV. The Royal Shakespeare Company delivers a brilliant take on this classic. We are taken back to the court and the lives of pre-Elizabethan London. England is recovering from Civil War and the power of the monarchy is under threat. Truly “uneasy lies the head that wears a crown”. King Henry IV is sick and troubled, beset with guilt and tired of civil unrest. Prince Hal has still not mended his ways and Falstaff is revelling in his newfound glory. The rebellion is in its death throes. And Shakespeare brings all of this to a stunning conclusion. You are left with a feeling of sadness and hope. Unusual, yes, but true enough to the history of England.
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