What’s On: Henry IV Part I (Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble)

Liliana Macarone as Henry IV
Liliana Macarone as Henry IV. Imagery by Craig McDiarmid, supplied by Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble.

Henry IV, Part I

22 August – 8 September, 2019

The Amphitheatre, Roma Street Parkland

Tickets: Adult $35; Concession/Preview $28; Group Discount (10+) $28; School Groups $24 (contact education@qldshakespeare.org to arrange school group bookings).


Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble returns to the beautiful surrounds of Roma Street Parkland to present Shakespeare’s history, Henry IV Part I, this August and September.

King Henry risked everything to take the crown but now, under threat from former allies and foreign enemies, it sits uneasily. To make matters worse, his rebellious son, Prince Hal, is spending all his time in the seediest pubs of London with a troupe of petty criminals led by that corrupter of youth, Sir John Falstaff. As Henry’s enemies unite and the threat of war approaches, the audience is drawn into an epic tale of family and friendship, rivalry and redemption. Henry IV is as much a drunken comedy and coming-of-age drama as it is a history, and will delight and excite Shakespeare lovers and newcomers alike.

Silvan Rus as Prince Hal with Rob Penslfini as Falstaff
Silvan Rus as Prince Hal with Rob Penslfini as Falstaff. Imagery by Craig McDiarmid, supplied by Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble.

Directed by Core Ensemble member Rebecca Murphy (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Bogga) Henry IV Part I will feature live music by the fantastic Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble band, and a cast of Brisbane’s most exciting classical actors including QSE Artistic Director Rob Pensalfini as Falstaff, Liliana Macarone in the titular role of Henry, multi-Matilda Award nominated Silvan Rus in the role of Prince Hal, and new-comer Angus Thorburn as Hotspur.

For ticketing and further information, visit the QSE website.

Liliana Macarone as Henry IV with Silvan Rus as Prince Hal (1)
Liliana Macarone as Henry IV with Silvan Rus as Prince Hal. Imagery by Craig McDiarmid, supplied by Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble.

Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble will once again be running its Shakespeare Beyond initiatives for this mainstage production of Henry IV Part I:

A Night At The Theatre (ANATT) was first run in 2016 and invites patrons to donate the price of a ticket. QSE then works with community partners Australian Red Cross, Communify, and Arafmi to share tickets with people who might not have otherwise been able to experience live theatre. Click here for more information.

QSE will also offer a Relaxed Performance (Saturday August 31, 2pm matinee) designed to welcome those who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment including (but not limited to) people with autism spectrum disorder or individuals with sensory sensitivity. Parents and caregivers may also find the inclusive atmosphere relaxing with audience members free to move, speak, and respond throughout the performance. Click here for more information.

For ticketing and further information, visit the QSE website.

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