Henry V was seen by Shakespeare as the ideal king. However, as a teenager, he led a wild, dissolute life, frequenting the taverns of London with thieves, whores and other disreputables, chief among them the greatest of all Shakespeare's comic creations – Sir John Falstaff.
Hal's stern father, Henry IV – already riddled with guilt having deposed Richard II – is haunted by the fear that his son will lead the county into ruin. Which of these two men will more greatly influence the wayward Hal, and help him achieve the transition from irresponsible prince to responsible king?
Drawing on four of Shakespeare's history plays, Director Rob Croser has woven an enthralling play, which charts the education of Prince Hal at the hands of his two father-figures. Every word in this remarkable theatre piece is Shakespeare's.