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Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Arkangel Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Arkangel Shakespeare Collection Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781572708808
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This play introduces Shakespeare’s greatest comedic character, the dissolute knight Sir John Falstaff.

While King Henry’s England is threatened by rebellion, the king’s scapegrace son Hal haunts the taverns of London, his companions a crew of rogues and thieves let by Falstaff. The earl of Northumberland and his fiery son Hotspur scheme to overthrow the crown. Can Hal be brought to a sense of duty as Prince of Wales? Or will the influence of Falstaff prove too strong? The issue is decided when Hal, Hotspur, and Falstaff come together at the climactic battle of Shrewsbury. 

Hal is played by Jamie Glover and King Henry by Julian Glover. Richard Griffiths is Falstaff.

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  • “The emotional core of Henry IV, Part One is the contrast between men: between King Henry (Julian Glover); his son, Prince Hal (Jamie Glover); and the lovely, fat villain, Falstaff (Richard Griffiths). All of these men dramatize their parts masterfully. There is always more to them later in a scene than earlier…Even in the heat of battle or the middle of a saloon, with swords clashing or tankards clanking to set the scene, all the voices come through clearly.”

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About the Author

William Shakespeare (1564–1616), English poet and dramatist of the Elizabethan and early Jacobean period, is the most widely known author in all of English literature and often considered the greatest. He was an active member of a theater company for at least twenty years, during which time he wrote many great plays. Plays were not prized as literature at the time, and Shakespeare was not widely read until the middle of the eighteenth century, when a great upsurge of interest in his works began that continues today.

About the Narrator

Andy Paris is an actor and writer. His audio narration have earned him the prestigious Audie Award, as well as AudioFile Earphones Awards. A member of the Tectonic Theater Project, he and others wrote The Laramie Project, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2002 and in which he played Stephen Belber. He has also appeared in Law & Order.