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Henry IV & Henry V

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Tim Ocel & Bruce Longworth
May 17 — May 15, 2014
Shakespeare Glen, Forest Park


This production by Shakespeare Festival Saint Louis is a confluence of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1 and Henry IV Part 2 into one play. This synopsis reflects our adaptation.

Having deposed King Richard II, Henry Bolingbroke (now King Henry IV) discusses with his court the recent fighting against the Welsh and Scots, as a result of which Henry Percy (nicknamed Hotspur) has refused to yield up his prisoners. Henry regrets that Prince Hal, his own son and heir, does not match Hotspur’s prowess. When Henry meets Hotspur, Northumberland (Hotspur’s father), and Worcester, Hotspur still refuses to comply; all three later discuss their grievances and plan a rebellion. Lady Percy, Hotspur’s wife, tries to find out if her husband is putting himself in danger.


Henry V telescopes historical events that took place between 1415-1420. The play takes place in London and Southampton in England, and in various locales in northern France.

In this openly theatrical play, a Chorus is our storyteller and guide to the reign of King Henry V and the battle of Agincourt.

The newly crowned Henry V contemplates pursuing his right to lay claim to the French throne. After being convinced by his clergy that he has this right, and having suffered a grievous insult from the French Dauphin, Henry decides to go to war. He departs for Southampton where he foils a plot by three of his peers, who have been bribed by the French to assassinate him. This danger overcome, he sets sail for France and war.

Cast and Creative

Drew Battles* (Warwick/Gower), Jim Butz* (Hal/Henry V), Mason Conrad (Francis/York), Tony DeBruno* (Falstaff/Fluellen), Kari Ely* (Hostess Quickly/Queen Isabel), Gary Glasgow* (Lord Chief Justice/Canterbry/Nym/Jamy), Dan Haller (Falstaff’s Page/Boy),  Joneal Joplin* (Northumberland/Ely/French King), Dakota Mackey-McGee (Lady Percy/Princess Katherine), Anderson Matthews* (Worcester/Chorus/Montjoy/Erpingham), Alex Miller* (Bardolph/Douglas/Burgundy), Andrew Michael Neiman (Poins/Constable/Scroop/Macmorris), Charles Pasternak* (Hotspur/Dauphin/Cambridge), Reginald Pierre (Westmoreland), Michael James Reed* (Henry IV/Exeter), Antonio Rodriguez (Humphrey/Rambures/Bates), Chauncy Thomas* (Sir Richard Vernon/Orleans/Grey/Williams), Jerry Vogel* (Pistol/Sir Walter Blunt),  Kelley Weber (Lady Northumberland/Alice), Eric Dean White (Morton/Governor/Salisbury/Le Fer), Michael Williams (Thomas of Clarence/Peto)

Set Design by Scott Neale
Costume Design by Dorothy Marshall Englis
Sound Design by Rusty Wandall
Lighting Design by John Wylie and Matthew Lealon Young
Music Composed by Gregg Coffin
Voice and Text Coaching by Suzanne Mills
Fight Choreography by Paul Dennhardt
Stage Management by Emilee Buccheit*
Assistant Stage Management by Ashley Newman*

*Denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association