John Bell directs and plays Shakespeare’s greatest comic invention, Falstaff, in the bawdy and anarchic classic, Henry 4.
King Henry IV risked everything for the crown. But his son doesn't seem to share the same ambition. Instead, he'd rather hang around with petty criminals and lowlife drunkards. But when the King's former supporters stage a rebellion against him, we're drawn into a sprawling tale of adventure, ambition and
King Henry IV risked everything for the crown. But his son doesn't seem to share the same ambition. Instead, he'd rather hang around with petty criminals and lowlife drunkards. But when the King's former supporters stage a rebellion against him, we're drawn into a sprawling tale of adventure, ambition and political intrigue.
John Bell directs this new production and stars as Shakespeare's greatest comic creation, Falstaff. Lord of misrule, life of the party, corrupter of youth. And his Australian take on English history, with its monarchy, class system and civil unrest teeters on the edge of anarchy.
This age-old story of a rebellious son and a domineering father is bursting with dramatic tension interspersed with riotous, bawdy comedy, music and violence set to recapture the boisterous atmosphere of Shakespeare's Globe for a modern audience.
BY William Shakespeare
ADAPTED BY John Bell
DIRECTOR John Bell with Damien Ryan
DESIGNER Stephen Curtis
LIGHTING DESIGNER Matt Scott
COMPOSER Kelly Ryall
FIGHT DIRECTOR Scott Witt
TEXT CAPTAIN Tony Llewellyn-Jones
Terry Bader, John Bell, Felix Jozeps, Jason Klarwein, Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Nathan Lovejoy, Arky Michael,
Matthew Moore, Sean O'Shea, Yalin Ozucelik, Matilda Ridgway, Wendy Strehlow, David Whitney & Ben Wood
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Running Time: Approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.
'one of the best performances of (John Bell's) long and distinguished career' -
'Henry 4 is young, pithy and full of the muck, mire and joy of life... an excellent production' -
'There's a reason the name Bell Shakespeare has become synonymous with quality theatre... 4 ½ stars out of 5' -
‘John Bell plays Sir John Falstaff with such glee it is as though a life's ambition is being fulfilled... with such warmth, vulgarity, thirst, appetite, lust, bravado and charming immorality as to ensure the show prospers.’ –
Sydney Morning Herald
‘4 stars. Critics' Choice.’ –
Time Out Sydney
‘4 stars... Bell's Falstaff is a joy.’ – Sunday Telegraph
‘Whitney and Moore are mesmerising in their emotionally fraught scenes together. Bell, meanwhile, seems to relish every moment on stage in a role he colonises completely in a fresh and dynamic take on this classic.’ – Daily Telegraph
‘Shakespearean history at its most accessible and entertaining. Get thee to the Sydney Opera House before the chimes at midnight.’ –
‘All in all Henry 4 is absorbing, thrilling and yet another reminder of why coming back to Shakespeare time and again is one of the best ways of being provoked and entertained and ultimately satisfied with your evening or afternoon out. Recommended.’ –
‘It’s absolute anarchy! You’d be forgiven if you thought so, but no: this isn’t a Sex Pistol’s reunion. This is Shakespeare.’ –
John Bell writes for The Australian on Henry 4