Henry IV, Part 1


By William Shakespeare
Directed by Bryn Boice
Featuring Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Apprentice Program
for pre-professional actors

July 29th @ 2pm

FREE. Reservations encouraged.

The First Part of King Henry IV uncovers mounting tensions and tests of loyalty to King Henry’s crown–seen by some as stolen from his predecessor, King Richard II. As factions turn against the king, the country’s turmoil causes the young, slacker Prince Henry (and friends) to step up in defense of his father’s kingdom. Shakespeare’s famed history play asks us, “What will we do in times of political crisis? Play dead or fight back?”

The CSC Apprentice Program is an intensive summer training program for young actors who are actively pursuing a career in theatre. This eight week training runs concurrently with CSC’s signature event, Shakespeare on the Common, founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Steve Maler's vision that Shakespeare "belongs and should be accessible to everyone."
The apprenticeship offers a robust Shakespearean performance focus through professionally directed productions held in and around Boston. CSC faculty support the work in the rehearsal room through classes in voice, movement and text analysis. At the beginning of the program, we work with each apprentices to identify personal goals and track these goals together with faculty and staff throughout the summer. Apprentices will also bring their work and enthusiasm to audience engagement work on The Boston Common, where they are an integral part of our show's success.