Shakespeare Marathon – Neuse Little Theatre

Neuse Little Theatre presents Henry IV, Part 1 on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 6 am, in NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC.

DIRECTOR : Ruth Mills
Reggie Parker – King Henry IV – Reggie Parker
Henry – Tony Pender 
Hotspur  – John Clifton 
Sir John Falstaff – Randy Jordan 
Lady Percy – Leeanne Bernard 
Earl of Westmoreland/Henry Percy – Merv Sessoms 
Edmund Mortimer/Lord John of Lancaster/Gadshill  – Matt Gore 
Mistress Quickly – Joyce Kilpatrick-Jordan
Owen Glendower/Chamberlin – Michael Mills 
Poins/Sir Richard Vernon/First Carrier/Porter – Stephen Roberts
Archbishop of York/Sheriff/Sir WalterBlunt – Sammy Smith 
Second Carrier/Peto/Servant – Stephanie Veren 
Thomas Percy/Bardolf/Archibald – Dan Ruffino 
Traveler/Francis – Ruth Mills 

ABOUT THE PLAY : Henry IV, Part 1, culminates in the battle of Shrewsbury between the king’s army and rebels seeking his crown. The dispute begins when Hotspur, the son of Northumberland, breaks with the king over the fate of his brother-in-law, Mortimer, a Welsh prisoner. Hotspur, Northumberland, and Hotspur’s uncle Worcester plan to take the throne, later allying with Mortimer and a Welsh leader, Glendower. 

As that conflict develops, Prince Hal—Henry IV’s son and heir—carouses in a tavern and plots to trick the roguish Sir John Falstaff and his henchmen, who are planning a highway robbery. Hal and a companion will rob them of their loot—then wait for Falstaff’s lying boasts. The trick succeeds, but Prince Hal is summoned to war.

In the war, Hal saves his father’s life and then kills Hotspur, actions that help to redeem his bad reputation. Falstaff, meanwhile, cheats his soldiers, whom he leads to slaughter, and takes credit for Hotspur’s death.

Folger Shakespeare Library. “Henry IV Part 1.” Folger Shakespeare Library. n.d. Web. April 1, 2016.