Henry IV Part One, Keble O'Reilly Theatre

What is honour? A word.

What is in that word, ‘honour’? Air.

Who hath it? He that died o' Wednesday.


England is tearing itself apart in civil war. The King’s hair has turned white with news of the rebellion. Meanwhile, his son Prince Hal is torn between his easy-living friends in the taverns of Eastcheap, among them the infamous knight Sir John Falstaff, and his own duty to the King and the country.

FourSevenTwo Productions is delighted to bring a period staging of Shakespeare’s Henry IV: Part One to the Keble O’Reilly in Seventh Week of Trinity Term.  With wit and warmth, the lively characters of this rarely performed work examine the nature of honour and identity, but as the rebellion breaks out into open warfare they will be forced to fight for their survival as well as their glory.

Cast and Crew

King Henry IV - Marcus Knight-Adams

Prince Henry - Max Cadman

Hotspur - Christopher Page

Sir John Falstaff - Jonny Wiles

Earl of Worcester - Ben Thorne

Sir Walter Blunt - Ffion Dash

Poins/Sir Richard Vernon - Jack Doyle

Early of Douglas/Gadshill - Harry Clements

Prince John/Sheriff - Chris Smart

Glendower/Earl of Westmoreland - Tom Mitty

Hostess - Laura Plumley

Lady Mortimer/Earl of Northumberland - Meg Harrington

Lady Percy/Peto - Anusia Battersby

Lord Mortimer/Francis - Joseph Shailer

Director - Miranda Mackay

Producer - Amy Thompson

Assistant Director - Ross Moncrieff

Set Designer - Laura de Lisle

Costume Designer - Hanna Høibø

Lighting Designers - Louise Drognat-Landre & Ben Darwent

LX Operator - Douglas Andrew

Sound Designer - Nat Davies

Set Consultant - Olive McAndrew

Fight Choreographer - Jennifer Hurd

Marketing Manager - Laura Plumley  

Marketing Assistant - Isobel Hambleton

Marketing Associate - Catrin Haberfield

Press Officer - Olivia Bradley

Graphic Design - Guillermo Pernas Chamorro & Ben Darwent  

Directors - Marine Lello

Stage Manager - Linette Chan and Morag Campbell

Assistant Stage Managers - Eloise Chambers, Alex Blanc, Ed Armstrong, Josie Western, Ilia Strigari

Praise for Henry IV Part One

Under the direction of Miranda Mackay, 472 have managed a skilful staging of Shakespeare’s classic.

Oxford Opening Night

The actors looked confident and fought fast, and some sequences felt so brutal that several audience members gasped at each seeming blow.

The Oxford Student

This production was the fruit of a great deal of intelligent consideration of text and dramatic possibility by director Miranda Mackay, her associates and her actors. 

Daily Info

It is a testament to the quality of FourSevenTwo’s production of this relatively obscure play, then, and to Miranda Mackay’s marvelous direction, that whether or not you’re clued in to the historical backstory, the play’s own merits shine through.

The Oxford Student