2 years ago

28 April, 2016

Melbourne University Shakespeare Company (MUSC)

Organised by:
Shakespeare Company (MUSC)

Melbourne University Shakespeare Company presents:
Henry IV Part 1 by William Shakespeare.

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“No more the thirsty entrance of this soil
Shall daub her lips with her own children’s blood…”

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With the deposed and unfavourable Richard dead, Queen Henry IV resides on the throne. The spirit of her crusade was meant to settle England's affairs, but her people are discontented and her neighbouring subjects: the Welsh in the West, the Scots in the North, have both revolted. Her lands plunge into endless civil war.

The Queen owes her position to the Percy Family, who aided her succession. As relations between the two continue to sour, Percys within Henry's ranks – noblemen, like her prized general, Harry "Hotspur" Percy – plot rebellion against her with her enemies.

Henry's daughter, Hal, discredits the family name with her reputation for gallivanting about taverns with thieves and shady company like that of her friend, the incorrigibly dishonest knight, Falstaff.

As houses prime for war, the necessity for family strength and solidarity come to the fore.

James Christensen's modern adaptation of Henry IV Part 1 explores concepts of civil disobedience, and the performativity of allegiance and power, and its gendering.

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TICKETS → https://chook.as/musc/henry-iv

Thursday 28/4 – 2 pm (Matinee) & 7:30 pm
Friday 29/4 – 7:30 pm
Saturday 30/4 – 7:30 pm (AUSLAN PERFORMANCE)

Wednesday 4/5 – 7:30 pm
Thursday 5/5 – 7:30 pm
Friday 6/5 – 7:30 pm
Saturday 7/5 – 7:30 pm

Guild Theater: 1st Floor Union House, University of Melbourne

Adelaide Greig – Henry IV ♔
Kate Weston – Hal
Nathaniel Pemberton – Hotspur
Declan Mulcahy – Falstaff
Rachel Shrives – Worcester
Anthony Kuiper – Mortimer
Alexandra Turnbull – Kate Percy/Peto
Clancy Moore – Poins
Eric Gardiner – Westmoreland/Carrier 2
Summer Bowen – Glendower/Carrier 1
Lachlan Trappett – Bardoll
Rebecca Riggs – Hostess Quickly/Douglas
Maddi Cullen – Blount/Lady Mortimer
Christian Sullivan – Northumberland/Sheriff
Gemma Kenyon – Frances/The Rebel Messenger
Lachlan Watts – John of Lancaster/Gadshill

James Christensen – Director
Sian Lewis – Assistant Director
Producer – Alex Guérin
Production Manager – Sarah Pemberton
Stage Manager – Anna Grace Smith
Light Designer – Jai Leeworthy
Sound Designer – Joshua Trappett
Costume & Props Designer – Rebecca Poynton
Costume & Props Team – Cecilia Wang, Judith Rees & Sophie Buntine
Marketing & Publicity – Erin Connelan & Anthony Kuiper
Front of House Manager – Sunday Sommerfeld
Publicity Photography – Hayley Franklin
Publicity Design – Meaghan Sinclair
Set Designer – Kira Yanhong Shi
Set Carpenter/Mechanist – Jim Stenson
Props Manager – Matilda Houlihan

Content Warning: - High-level violence, mild sexual references and adult themes. (PLEASE NOTE that bright lights and loud noises will be used during this show)

Recommended age: 14 or older.

We would like to thank the Clyde Hotel for their sponsorship.
We would also like to thank L1 Studios (of Little Bourke Street) for all of their help with providing us a venue for the photography of our visual publicity material.
Thanks also goes out to the Rowden White Library.