King Henry IV, Part 1

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

King Henry IV, Part 1 is the second of Shakespeare’s eight Wars of the Roses history plays, with events following those of King Richard II. As the play opens, King Henry IV (formerly Henry Bolingbroke) and Henry Percy (Hotspur) argue over the disposition of prisoners from the Battle of Holmedon. The King’s attitude toward Mortimer and the Percy family prompts them to plot rebellion. In the meantime, his son Prince Hal is living the low life in the company of Sir John Falstaff. As the time of battle nears, Prince Hal joins his father and is given a high command. The play’s climax is the Battle of Shrewsbury, in which Prince Hal and Hotspur meet and fight, with Prince Hal and the forces of the King prevailing. The action continues in King Henry IV, Part 2. From the start this has been an extremely popular play both with the public and with critics. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden and Wikipedia)


Narrator/stage directions: read by Kalynda

King Henry IV and Douglas: read by Mark F. Smith

Henry, Prince of Wales: read by Max Porter Zasada

Prince John of Lancaster: read by Brian Edwards

Earl of Westmoreland: read by Larysa Jaworski

Sir Walter Blunt: read by Joshua B. Christensen

Earl of Worcester: read by David Barnes

Northumberland and 2nd Messenger: read by Lisa Wilson

Henry Percy (Hotspur): read by Michael Sirois

Edmund Mortimer: read by Scott Sherris

Scroop, Archbishop of York: read by Vin Reilly

Peto, Sir Michael, Chamberlain, and Travellers: read by Mockfrog

Owen Glendower: read by Denny Sayers

Sir Richard Vernon: read by David Muncaster

Sir John Falstaff: read by John Lieder

Poins: read by Jordan Schneider

Gadshill, Francis, and Ostler: read by Alan Clare

Bardolph: read by David Zezulka

Lady Percy: read by Cecelia Prior

Mrs. Quickly, Hostess: read by Rosalind Wills

First Carrier: read by Maria Morabe

Second Carrier: read by Ophelia Darcy

Servant: read by Katie Gibboney

Vintner: read by Lauren Tunnell Verdeyen

Sheriff: read by Heather Barnett

First Messenger: read by Laurie Anne Walden

Genre(s): Drama

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Act I Group 00:32:57
Play 02 Act II Group 00:50:01
Play 03 Act III Group 00:35:21
Play 04 Act IV Group 00:19:49
Play 05 Act V Group 00:32:32