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Royal Shakespeare Company

Henry IV (Parts I and II)

Tue 21 October - Sat 25 October

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Henry IV

Henry IV Part 1 – Tue 7pm, Thu 2pm, Fri 7pm, Sat 2pm
Henry IV Part 2 – Wed 7pm, Thu 7pm, Sat 7pm

Direct from Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company brings two of Shakespeare's greatest plays Henry IV Parts I and II to The Lowry.

Directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and with a cast including Antony Sher as Falstaff, Jasper Britton as Henry and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal, this exploration of Shakespeare’s History Plays is an epic, comic and thrilling vision of a nation in turmoil.

With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Part I sees Henry prepare for war and his son, Prince Hal, face up to responsibilities of family and throne. Continuing with Part II, King Henry’s health is fading and Hal must choose between duty and loyalty to an old friend in Shakespeare’s heart-breaking conclusion to this epic pairing of plays. 

Watch an interview with the designer, Stephen Bimson-Lewis

'Antony Sher’s magnificent, magnetic Falstaff’ Guardian
★ The Guardian, Daily Mail, The Independent, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Financial Times, 

Book for both performances and receive a 10% discount on your second ticket. Book here. 

Group Discounts Available
No booking fees for groups of 10+!
You’ll also receive £2.50 off the adult ticket price (Tue - Thurs only) and 1 in 10 tickets free.
Find out more and book your tickets here.


Captioned performance

Part 1 - Thu 23, 2pm
Part 2 - Thu 23, 7pm

Audio Described Performance

Part 1 - Sat 25, 2pm (Touch Tour beforehand, 12-12.30pm)



Tickets are £12.50 each, and you'll recieve 1 in 10 tickets free. No booking fees. Available  Tue - Thurs only. To book call 0843 208 6003

Insight into Henry IV: Thu 23 October
A preshow on-stage session wih members of the actring company and cretaive teams exploring how Henry IV has been brought to life on stage and the range of interpretive choices availble to the director and actors. Students will help guide the session from the stalls and there is an opportunity at the end for a Q&A with the actors. To book call 0843 208 6003.

Led by RSC Assistant Director Owen Horsley, workshops will explore the creative choices behind the productions wiith all exerciese stemming directly from the company's rehearsal process. Students will gain a deeper insight into the play and performance possibilities. The sessions can either be pre show for schools who are yet to see the show, or as follow-ups.

To book a workshop for your school or college, contact Holly Parker at the RSC on 01789 272529 or


Pre-book Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 plus a three course meal in The Lowry Restuarant in between performances on Thu 23 or Sat 25 March.

Thursday - Book here

Saturday - Book here

Image of Antony Sher © Sasha Gusov

The Lowry is a private limited company registered in England and Wales (no. 3255905) and a registered charity (no. 1053962).