Henry IV Part One

Shakespeare's monumental exploration about keeping power once you've taken it

Henry IV Part One

The second installment of the Henriad tetralogy, Henry IV Part One tells the story of insurgent civil wars, prodigal sons, and foolhardy knights.

Henry is not yet secure on his throne, and must fight off rebellions led by Henry Percy (the Earl of Northumberland) and Owen Glendower.

Henry’s son, Hal, is heir apparent to the English throne, but spends his time carousing with the raucous and drunken knight, Sir John Falstaff, and his friends. Henry IV feels that it is unseemly for the heir apparent to revel with a group of rowdy commoners, and Henry warns Falstaff not to corrupt Hal.

A story of fathers and sons, civil brawls in house and in country, this play vibrates with anxiety, joy, and hope for the future.


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If you're seeing both productions in our Henriad repertory, we recommend seeing Richard II *first* as its events precede those of Henry IV.

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Henry IV Part One

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Our production of Henry IV Part One runs in Raleigh in January 2022

The production will be available via ticketed streaming in late January 2022. Our streaming production is available year-round for all Sweet Tea Shakespeare members at no additional charge.

We typically perform in Leggett Theatre, on the second floor of the Main Academic Building at the heart of campus in downtown Raleigh.

Reach us any time at tickets@sweetteashakespeare.com or (910) 420-4383