“In a galaxy torn apart, a prince must become king.”
Director Haki Pepo Olu Crisden sets King Henry’s struggle for legitimacy, and Prince Hal’s coming of age against a backdrop of futuristic technology, galactic skirmishes, and interplanetary rebellion.
“The question of how one becomes a great leader is as relevant now as it was in Shakespeare’s day and, no doubt, humans will still be seeking the answer in the 25th century, when our production is set,” Crisden says. “We are using animated visual environments and an inspired orchestral score to create a living, breathing intergalactic community in which the actors will tell this timeless story.”
Joining Crisden in this endeavour is Alex Perritt, director of Streamed Shakespeare’s groundbreaking production of The Tempest. Perritt created digital animations and integrated video to bring Prospero’s island to life for audiences. In Henry IV, he takes on world-building, generating cities and planets as backdrops to the action. Going boldly where no Bard has gone before, there is plenty of interplanetary action with spaceship dogfights, choreographed hand-to-hand combat, and more.
As if the Visual Effects Director’s role wasn’t enough, Perritt is also one of the principal players, taking on Hotspur’s temperamental role. Joining him amongst the stars are Streamed Shakespeare veterans Charles Mayer (Richard III, The Tempest), Geoff Sirmai (The Merchant of Venice, Titus Andronicus), Susan Jordan (The Merchant of Venice, Titus Andronicus), Holly Champion (Richard III, Merchant of Venice) and Tristan Entwistle (Richard III, Julius Caesar) as the playboy, Prince Hal.
The production also boasts many newcomers to the troupe, including Angie Gachomo, Rhiannon Rees, Edward Frame, and more.
Streamed Shakespeare are beginning to build an empire of their own in recent months, with viewers continuing to tune in from more than a dozen countries worldwide, including Canada, Germany, the United States, England, Finland, India, and Sri Lanka.
Both plays will run over consecutive weekends: April 16-18 and April 23-24, including a special school matinee for HSC students. Visit Streamed Shakespeare to book and watch past performances.
KING HENRY IV – Charles Mayer
PRINCE HAL – Tristan Entwistle
HENRY ‘HOTSPUR’ PERCY – Alex Perritt
FALSTAFF – Asalemo Tofete
MISTRESS QUICKLY – Susan Jordan
WORCESTER/SILENCE – Matthew Mansell
WESTMORELAND – David A. Attrill
NED POINS/MOULDY – Ciarán O’Riordan
LADY PERCY – Angie Gachomo
PRINCE JOHN – Sharon Grimley
NORTHUMBERLAND/BULLCALF – Bill Jordan
GLENDOWER/LORD CHIEF-JUSTICE – Geoff Sirmai
THE DOUGLAS/PISTOL – Jamie Collette
DOLL TEARSHEET/FEEBLE – Holly Champion
SIR WALTER BLUNT/SHALLOW – Lisa Hanssens
SIR VERNON/GADSHILL – Alexandra Rigby
LADY MORTIMER – Rhiannon Rees
ARCHBISHOP OF YORK/WARWICK – Sue Broberg
MORTIMER/LORD BARDOLPH – Edward Frame
MOWBRAY/SHADOW – Amber Spooner
HASTINGS – Steve Donelan
HUMPHREY – Tom Burt
WART/ADDITIONAL VOICES – Camille Tovee
Animation and visual effects director – Alex Perritt
Musical director – Paul Bremen
Assistant director – Tony Guyot
Assistant director – Margaret Thanos
Technical director – Charlotte Wiltshire
Stage operator – Tomer Dimanstein
Stage operator – James Smith
Visual designer – Emma Johnston
Video editor – David Castle
Marketing and content production – Camille Tovee
Publicity – Geoff Sirmai
Fight co-ordinator – Scott Witt
Artistic Director – Holly Champion