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  • Five stars

    The Guardian

    "Phyllida Lloyd's tremendous all-women 'Henry IV' roughs up expectations on front after front... Her cast look more veracious than ever before."
  • Four stars

    The Telegraph

    "The evening, though, belongs to Ashley McGuire's corpulent, cockney, and comically delightful Falstaff. The piteous sight of this hugely appealing bovver-girl getting hauled off at the end by staff like an animal being returned to her cage is frankly unforgettable."
  • The Financial Times

    "These dramas are about rebellion, leadership, guilt and surrogate family; about a youth pulled between two father figures, one a common thief, the other a royal usurper; about who runs England. The setting and casting bring these concerns intensely alive. And this isn't Henry IV set in a prison; it is prisoners acting Henry IV. There's a crucial difference."

Cast & creative team


  • Hotspur
    Jade Anouka
  • Gadshill/Lady Percy
    Sheila Atim
  • Westmoreland/Glendower
    Jackie Clune
  • Mortimer
    Shiloh Coke
  • Bardolph/Vernon
    Karen Dunbar
  • Prince Hal
    Clare Dunne
  • Poins/The Douglas
    Leah Harvey
  • Hostess/Messenger
    Zainab Hasan
  • Sir Walter Blunt/Sheriff
    Jennifer Joseph
  • Worcester/Peto
    Martina Laird
  • Falstaff
    Sophie Stanton
  • Henry IV
    Harriet Walter


  • William Shakespeare
  • Phyllida Lloyd
  • Bunny Christie/Ellen Nabarro
  • Deborah Andrews
    Costume Designer
  • James Farncombe
    Lighting Designer
  • Tom Gibbons
    Sound Designer
  • Ann Yee
    Movement Director
  • Kate Waters
    Fight Director