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Henry the 4th


Henry the 4th

by William Shakespeare

directed by Shelley MacAskill

After seizing the throne, King Henry IV rebuilds his kingdom and despairs over his heir's dissipated life in the London slums. Prince Hal spends his time carousing with the bawdy Joan Falstaff and her gang of thieves and misfits, but he is far more than the scoundrel he seems. When the king's former allies rebel against him, Hal plans to redeem himself in his father's eyes. Facing the rebel leader, Hotspur - England's greatest and noblest warrior - Hal has a chance to prove his worth, but will redemption bring more pain than Hal could imagine?

Theatre@First's Henry the 4th combines two of Shakespeare's greatest history plays in one thrilling night of theatre!

Director: Shelley MacAskill has been involved in thirteen productions with Theatre@First, including directing Harriet IV - a gender-swapped one-act version of Henry IV - for Festival@First 7: Shaken Up Shakespeare. She has also produced two plays (The Lady's Not for Burning and Bent), been Technical Director for another (Equus), and been stage manager, rehearsal assistant, and light board operator for more than she can readily recall. This is her first time directing a full-length play.


Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville.
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Performance Schedule

Thursday   August 21, 2014   8 pm
Friday   August 22, 2014   8 pm
Saturday   August 23, 2014   8 pm
Wednesday   August 27, 2014   8 pm
Thursday   August 28, 2014   8 pm
Friday   August 29, 2014   8 pm
Saturday   August 30, 2014   4 pm (matinee; note new time)



King Henry       Michael Haddad
Prince Hal       Jared Hite
Joan Falstaff       Melissa Ehlers
Hotspur Percy       Ari Herbstman
Worcester       David Policar
Westmoreland       John Day
Northumberland       Andrea Aptecker
Sir Walter Blunt       Jason Merrill
Hostess       Renée Johnson
Poins       Matthew Arnold
Bardolph       Mary Parker
Peto       Andrew Coate
Lady Percy       Nicole Jones
Francis / Servant /
Siena Moraff
Douglas / Sheriff       Jim Muzzi
Sir Richard Vernon / Traveler       Zach McQueary
John of Lancaster / Traveler       Keith Trickett


The Production Team

Director       Shelley MacAskill
Producer       Lori-Anne Cohen
Technical Director       Nellie Farrington
Assistant Technical
Director / Props
Shazza Gilbert
Costume Design       Amanda Dausman
Fight Choreographer       Chris Cardoni
Stage Manager /
Rehearsal Assistant
Vickie Wu
House Manager       Chris DeKalb
Graphic/Program Design       Julia Tenney