Henry IV Part One, 2pm – Conversation about Falstaff, 1pm

Sat, Mar 9, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theater
7 S. Calvert Street (at Redwood Street)
Baltimore, MD 21202

Preshow Event:
Conversation about Falstaff at 1pm
“Falstaff: I like not such grinning honor.”
(before this 2pm performance of Henry IV, Part I)
Doors open at 12:45pm

The spotlight is on Shakespeare’s richly developed comic character, Sir John Falstaff, mentor to Prince Hal in Henry IV, Parts I and II.  Falstaff was so beloved by Elizabethan audiences that Shakespeare gave him another role in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Laugh and learn more about Falstaff with writer and educator Ray Bossert, Ph.D, a senior learning designer at UMUC. He has taught Shakespeare at Loyola University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Franklin & Marshall College, and University of Maryland, College Park. Doors open at 12:45pm. Event begins at 1pm. Admission to the preshow conversation is included in your purchase of tickets to this 2pm performance. To find out about other events click here: CSC Events.


Subscribe today for best seats and prices:  Henry IV, Part I and Part II are subscription series choices along with The Diary of Anne Frank and Love’s Labour’s Lost: See all four or choose a pick-three Sampler.   For single ticket purchasers:  Henry IV, Parts I and II, are ticketed separately. For a limited time, take advantage of early-bird pricing: Order Parts I and II as a package now and save 30% off regular ticket prices.


A Shakespeare-lover’s thrill: the Falstaff plays!

Together, Henry IV, Part I and Part II tell the spellbinding chronicle of the roguish Prince Hal, who is pulled between the magnetic, funny, and dissolute Falstaff and his dutiful and despondent father, King Henry. Rarely performed, individually or together, these brilliant plays are a bounty of drama and comedy for any Shakespeare-lover.  See both! 

Henry IV, Part I
By William Shakespeare
February 15 – March 30, 2019

Falstaff:  Banish plump Jack, and banish all the world.
Prince: I do; I will.

After he takes the throne from Richard II, Henry IV’s reign is bedeviled by rebellion, political intrigue, and the antics of his heir. Young Prince Hal forsakes the burdens of royalty to carouse with rogues and fools led by his mentor and friend, the riotous Jack Falstaff. Hal’s maturity and mettle soon will be tested. To secure his own future, he must face his cousin, Henry Hotspur, at the pivotal Battle at Shrewsbury. The play shines as Shakespeare explores the father-son relationship. 


Henry IV, Part II
By William Shakespeare
March 15 – April 7, 2019

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”

As King Henry IV nears death, warring among the nobility continues: The defeated rebels regroup, aligned now with Northumberland against the crown. Prince Hal’s friend, the aging tavern-brawler Falstaff, is up to his unscrupulous tricks and scene-stealing humor. Hal avoids responsibility for a time but cannot put off the inevitable as his father fades. Through Hal’s journey to the throne, Shakespeare invites us to explore themes of family, duty, leadership, succession, and legacy.  Click here for tickets to Part II.


Group reservations:  For discounted  group sales (10 or more adults) contact Nina or Liz in the Box Office at 410-244-8570. School matinees are not available for this production, however, we welcome teachers with students at our mainstage shows.

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