Michael Gambon Is Falstaff in Nicholas Hytner Henry IV, Starting at London's National April 16
By Robert Simonson
Nicholas Hytner began his National Theatre tenure with a much-praised production of Shakespeare’s Henry V starring Adrian Lester. Now he’s to turn to the prequels, the two parts of Henry IV, Parts One and Two, with the vaunted Michael Gambon as the fat knight, Falstaff.
This is the first production of these plays ever at the National. Mark Thompson designs. The cast also includes Thomas Arnold, Robert Blythe, Susan Brown, John Carlisle, Naomi Frederick, Ian Gelder, Darren Hart, Jeffery Kissoon, Elliot Levey, Robert Lister, Iain Mitchell, Eve Myles, Harry Peacock, Alistair Petrie, Samuel Roukin, Adrian Scarborough, Roger Sloman, Rupert Ward-Lewis, Anderw Westfield and Danny Worters.
The show will play the Olivier in rep, as part of the Travelex ten pounds season, beginning April 26 and running through August.
The production officially opens May 4.
New York recently saw a rare staging of the history plays, with Kevin Kline as Falstaff and Ethan Hawke as Hotspur.
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