Preview: Henry IV at Nuffield Theatre

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Henry IV is brought to Southampton’s very own Nuffield Theatre next week from Thursday 3rd September and finishing with two shows on Saturday 5th September. You’ve never seen Shakespeare quite like this though.

As King Henry IV prepares to defend his crown against his enemies, war is the furthest thing from the mind of his son and heir, Prince Hal. Instead of facing his duty, the young prince is rebelling, causing chaos in the company of drunkards and thieves – chief among them is his friend, the notorious scoundrel, Falstaff.

Growing protests and riots across the country encourage the charismatic Hotspur to lead the Scottish and Welsh in their rebellion. To ensure his own position as the future king, Hal must transform from the raucous, partying prince, into a man of virtue and courage, before Hotspur defeats him in this game of thrones.

Hampshire Youth Theatre’s modern adaptation of Henry IV takes the action out of the taverns of old London town, and into the modern day raves of East London. Directed by Max Lindsay and adapted by Robin Belfield, this play charts the rise of the two bright lights of England’s future – Hotspur and Hal, exploring the weight of youthful responsibility and their fight for paternal approval.

For more information or to book tickets visit the website here or call 023 8067 1771. 

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