Henry IV Part 2, or Falstaff

Henry IV Part 2, or Falstaff

4 (1) · Shakespeare

‘Is the old King dead?’ ‘As nail in door’ Act V, scene 3


As King Henry IV lies dying and the rebels maintain their unrest, Falstaff, returned war-hero, and closest confidant of Prince Hal, is engaged to recruit for the King’s army. Falstaff is tired of war, he longs for it to be over, to return to the taverns of Eastcheap, and once the old King is dead, take his place in the court of his ‘sweet Prince’, King Henry V.

A nation at war with itself. A battleground between old friendships and new duties. And Falstaff stands at the heart of these conflicts.

Critic reviews

Meandering and underpowered second instalment of Shakespeare's history play

The Stage

There are some lovely moments in the second piece, not least the scenes between Falstaff and Sophie Russell's Shallow


Some beautiful moments


A game of thrones with lots of leather

The Guardian

After Globe’s excellent production of ‘Part 1’, this ‘Henry IV Part 2’ feels like a straight-to-video sequel

Time Out

This interpretation could be bolder

Evening Standard

Tranquil and melancholic, yet also mischievous and seductive

The Upcoming

Bravo to Michelle Terry and directors Sarah Bedi and Federay Holmes for letting the story shine with no need for expensive gilding.

London Box Office

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 25 Apr - Fri 11 Oct, 1pm, 2pm, 4pm & 7.30pm


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