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Reading Shakespeare: King Henry IV Part 1

Reading Shakespeare: King Henry IV Part 1

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  • Sat 27 May ’17, 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Sat 3 Jun ’17, 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Sat 10 Jun ’17, 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Sat 17 Jun ’17, 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Sat 24 Jun ’17, 10:30am – 12:30pm


Victoria University Pipitea Campus, Bunny Street, Wellington Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard: $165.00
  • Victoria Staff 20% Discount Fee: $132.00

In a series of nine plays, Shakespeare dramatised a span of more than 100 years of English history. Themes such as succession, usurpation and the qualities needed for kingship are developed throughout the Cycle of History plays. One of the finest of the sequence of these plays is King Henry IV, Part 1.

The play opens at the beginning of King Henry IV’s uneasy reign. He is challenged on all sides by his enemies, while at home his son, Prince Hal, heir to the throne, rather than preparing for succession to the throne, prefers the company of tavern lowlife to that of the court. The prince’s regular companion is the witty but worldly Sir John Falstaff (possibly Shakespeare’s greatest comic creation).

The play’s strong characterisation and rich language reflect the political instability and diversity of that time in history, as well as commenting on Shakespeare’s own time. In this course, you will read and discuss the play and analyse its language and ideas.

What to bring:
Please bring a copy of the text with you to each session.

Target audience:
This course is for anyone who is interested in Shakespeare’s work.

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