Henry IV

By William Shakespeare

03 October 2014 - 29 November 2014

In 2012, Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female production of JULIUS CAESAR at the Donmar placed the play in a women’s prison. It stunned audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and challenged the idea of ‘who owns Shakespeare?’ In the schools workshops around the production, teachers heard one girl speak in public for the first time. It couldn’t end there. HENRY IV marks the return of Phyllida Lloyd, the reunion of the director with Harriet Walter and the second instalment in what will be a trilogy of works at the Donmar from these major artists. What makes a king? What makes a father? Shakespeare’s monumental history play travels to the heart of family, duty and country. This production is generously supported by Miranda Curtis. Education and Outreach generously supported by Kathleen J Yoh.

Run time: Approximately 2 hours without an interval

Cast & Creative Team

  • Jade Anouka - Read bio

    Jade Anouka - Biography

    Jade Anouka


    For the Donmar: The Vote, Henry IV, Julius
    Caesar (also St. Ann’s Warehouse). Theatre includes So Here We Are
    (Royal Exchange, Manchester/High Tide), Chef – The Stage Award
    (Soho/Edinburgh Fringe), Omeros (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), Clean
    (NY/Traverse), Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost (also US
    tour) (Globe), Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (NT), Romeo & Juliet (Bolton
    Octagon), Wild Horses (503), Blood Wedding (Southwark Playhouse),
    Twelfth Night (York), The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice,
    The Penelopiad (also Canada) (RSC), Handa’s Surprise (Little Angel).
    Film includes The Dark Channel, A Summer Hamlet, t-Police Field, A
    Running Jump, Bubble. Television includes Stan Lee’s “Lucky Man,”
    “Shakespeare Uncovered,” “Doctor Who,” “Secrets and the Words,”
    “Law and Order.”

  • Elizabeth Chan - Read bio

    Elizabeth Chan - Biography

    Elizabeth Chan


    Theatre: includes Chimerica (Harold Pinter/Almeida/Headlong), The Wheel (National Theatre of Scotland), Greenland (NT), Don’t Shoot The Clowns (Fuel), An Argument About Sex (Traverse, Edinburgh/Tramway, Glasgow), Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith), Bacchaefull (Dirty Market).
    Television: includes Last Tango in Halifax, Cucumber, Black Mirror, Holby City, Silent Witness, Coronation Street, Spirit Warriors.

  • Jackie Clune - Read bio

    Jackie Clune - Biography

    Jackie Clune


    For the Donmar: The
    Vote, Henry IV. Theatre includes Fallen Angels (Salisbury), Candide
    (Menier Chocolate Factory), 9 to 5 (UK tour), Belles’ Stratagem
    (Southwark Playhouse), Mogadishu (Lyric Hammersmith), Mamma
    Mia (International tour), Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace), Julie Burchill
    Is Away (Soho), A Wedding Story (Soho/Birmingham Repertory),
    Showstopper (Arts/Edinburgh Fringe), Bitchin’ (Edinburgh Fringe/
    Arts), Jackie Clune is Boy Crazy (Edinburgh Fringe), It’s Jackie! (Edinburgh
    Fringe/Drill Hall), Follow the Star! (Drill Hall), Chicks With
    Flicks (Edinburgh Fringe/King’s Head). Film includes Breathtaking.
    Television includes “The Bill,” “Eastenders,” “Waking the Dead,” “QI,”
    “Never Mind the Buzzcocks,” “The Staying in Show,” “Comedy Nation.”
    Radio includes presenting on “Woman’s Hour,” “Loose Ends,”
    “The Jackie Clune Show BBC London,” “Happy Families BBC Radio 4,”
    “Front Row.” Jackie is also the author of two books: Man of the Month
    Club (Quercus) and Extreme Motherhood (Macmillan) an account of
    her experience of having naturally conceived triplets.

  • Shiloh Coke - Read bio

    Shiloh Coke - Biography

    Shiloh Coke


    Trained at Rose Bruford College. For
    the Donmar: Henry IV. Theatre includes The Litter (Bargehouse), The
    Girt (Rose Bruford Arts Theatre), Tomorrow’s World (Theatre Centre),
    The Chaplin (Yard), Into the Woods (Stratford Circus).

  • Karen Dunbar - Read bio

    Karen Dunbar - Biography

    Karen Dunbar


    For the Donmar: Henry IV.
    Karen was the opening act of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Ceremony,
    viewed by over 1 billion people. Theatre includes Happy Days
    (Tron, Glasgow), Men Should Weep (NT), The Guid Sisters (National
    Theatre Scotland/Lyceum, Edinburgh/King’s, Glasgow), her own
    stand-up show (New York Comedy Expo/Edinburgh Fringe/Glasgow
    Comedy Festival/Adelaide Fringe Festival), The Vagina Monologues
    (Edinburgh Playhouse/Glasgow), Cyrano De Bergerac (Edinburgh
    Book Festival), The Pirates of Penzance (Carl Rosa Opera/Richmond/
    Glasgow), A Drunk Woman Looks at the Thistle (Òran Mór/
    Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh), Can’t Forget About You (Lyric, Belfast/
    Tron, Glasgow). Television includes “Introducing Karen Dunbar,” “The
    Karen Dunbar Show,” “Chewin’ The Fat,” “Rab C. Nesbitt,” “An Audience
    With Robert Burns.” Radio includes “Karen Dunbar’s Beautiful
    Sunday,” “Karen’s Summer Supplement,” “Chewin’ The Fat.”

  • Clare Dunne - Read bio

    Clare Dunne - Biography

    Clare Dunne


    For the Donmar: Henry IV, Julius Caesar (also St.
    Ann’s Warehouse). Theatre includes Grounded (Dublin Fringe), Living
    with Missy (Smock Alley, Dublin), 24 Hour Plays, Major Barbara (Abbey),
    Detroit, Juno and the Paycock (NT), The Cripple of Inishmaan
    (Irish and USA Tour), Druid 35, The Silver Tassie (also UK/Ireland tour),
    Playboy of the Western World (Druid), A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
    Crunch (Latitude Festival), Three Sisters (Lyric Hammersmith). Film
    includes Monged, The Cherishing, Outside. Radio includes “On Her
    Majesty’s Secret Service.”

  • Cynthia Erivo - Read bio

    Cynthia Erivo - Biography

    Cynthia Erivo


    Trained: RADA.
    includes Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios), I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical (London Palladium), The Color Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory), LIFT (Soho), Sister Act: The Musical (UK tour), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Gielgud), The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain (Traverse, Edinburgh/Coventry Belgrade/English Touring Theatre), I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), Marine Parade (Brighton Festival).

  • Zainab Hasan - Read bio

    Zainab Hasan - Biography

    Zainab Hasan


    Trained at National Youth Theatre Repertory Company and Queen
    Mary University of London. For the Donmar: Henry IV. Theatre includes
    Catalina (Oval House), The Class, Tory Boyz, Romeo and Juliet,
    Prince of Denmark (NYT/Ambassadors), Red Riding Hood (Latitude
    Festival), On the Dole (Lyric), Nine Rooms (Old Vic Tunnels), Totally
    Over You (Tricycle).

  • Jennifer Joseph - Read bio

    Jennifer Joseph - Biography

    Jennifer Joseph




    Trained: Clean Break Theatre Company.
    For the Donmar: Julius Caesar.
    Theatre: includes Hours Til Midnight (Clean Break), A Woman Inside (Hen & Chickens).

    Film: includes Honeytrap, Starred Up.

  • Ashley McGuire - Read bio

    Ashley McGuire - Biography

    Ashley McGuire


    Theatre: includes Home (National Theatre), Charged – Fatal Light, Re-Charged – Fatal Light (Clean Break/Soho), Housekeeping (Theatre Uncut), Radio Hoohah, I’ll Always Think of You That Way (Edinburgh Fringe), Yakking (London Bites), Saved or Destroyed (Battersea Arts Centre).
    Film: includes Hector, Gold, Counting Backwards, Baseline, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1&2, Harry Brown, The Grind, Ruby Blue, Gypo, My Last Summer,Titanic Town.
    Television: includes In the Club, Man Down, The IT Crowd, The Job Lot, Brian Gittins, Derek, Trollied, Dead Boss, Coronation Street, Miranda, Law & Order, The Bill, Caught in a Trap, Eastenders, England Expects, Murphy’s Law, Casualty.
    Radio: includes Educating Rita, Up the Coast,Messiah.

  • Ann Ogbomo - Read bio

    Ann Ogbomo - Biography

    Ann Ogbomo


    Trained: LAMDA.
    includes The Jungle Book (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Julius Caesar (RSC/Noël Coward), Henry IV Parts 1&2, Richard II, Richard III, Henry VI Parts 1,2&3 (RSC), Tamburlaine (Bristol Old Vic/Barbican), The Gods Are Not To Blame (Tiata Fahodzi), When the Earth Sings (Scottish Chamber Orchestra), Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Tempest (NT).
    Film: includes Honeytrap, World War Z, Wild Target.
    Television: includes Casualty, Julius Caesar, Bouquet of Barbed Wire, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, The Bill, Blessed, Holby City, Hardware, Murder in Mind, Babyfather, The Tournament.

  • Katie Robinson - Read bio

    Katie Robinson - Biography

    Katie Robinson


    Trained: Leeds College of Music and Clean Break Theatre Company.
    Theatre: includes Us and Them (Clean Break), The Wing (Theatre Uncut), Slamming Gates – StorySLAM (Southbank Centre).
    Katie is an accomplished musician and singer-songwriter.

  • Sharon Rooney - Read bio

    Sharon Rooney - Biography

    Sharon Rooney


    For the Donmar: Henry IV.
    Film includes Hector. Television includes “Mountain Goats,” “Stag,”
    “Two Doors Down,” “My Mad Fat Diary,” “Kerry,” “Sherlock.”

  • Harriet Walter - Read bio

    Harriet Walter - Biography

    Harriet Walter


    For the Donmar: Henry IV, Julius Caesar
    (also St. Ann’s Warehouse) Drama Desk Nomination, Mary Stuart
    (also NY) Evening Standard Best Actor Award, Tony & Olivier Nomination.
    Theatre includes Boa (Trafalgar Studios), Death of a Salesman
    (RSC & West End), Dinner, Life Times Three, Children’s Hour, Arcadia
    (NT), Macbeth, Anthony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing,
    Twelfth Night, Cymbeline, Three Sisters (RSC) Olivier Award, The
    Royal Family (Haymarket), Ivanov, The Possessed (Almeida), Hedda
    Gabler (Chichester/UK tour), Sweet Panic, La Musica (Hampstead),
    Old Times (Wyndham’s), Three Birds Alighting on a Field (Manhattan
    Theatre Club), The Seagull, Cloud Nine, Hamlet (Royal Court),
    The Castle (Barbican) Olivier Nomination, All’s Well that Ends Well
    (also Broadway 1983), Nicholas Nickleby (Aldwych). Film includes
    Star Wars Episode 7, Sense of an Ending, Man Up, Suite Francaise,
    The Wedding Video, A Royal Affair, Young Victoria, Atonement, Babel,
    Chromophobia, Bright Young Things, Onegin, Merry Wars, The
    Governess, Sense & Sensibility, Louis Malle’s May Fools. Television
    includes “The Crown,” “London Spy,” “The Assets,” “Downton Abbey,”
    “Lord Peter Wimsey,“ “Law and Order UK,” “A Short Stay in
    Switzerland,” “Little Dorrit,” “Poirot,” “Inspector Morse,” “Midsomer
    Murders,” “Waking the Dead,” “Rebecca.” Harriet is a patron of Clean


  • “Phyllida Lloyd has crafted a production that is grungy and rebellious…bracingly inventive.”
    Evening Standard
  • “Terrific: an urgent, mischievous and subtly layered response to Shakespeare’s great plays...revelatory.”
    The Financial Times
  • “Fresh, bracingly persuasive staging.”
  • “Phyllida Lloyd’s tremendous all-women Henry IV roughs up expectations on front after front.”

    The Observer
  • “Reminds us of the possibilities gender blind casting can bring. Let’s see some more of it.”
    The Times
  • “The acting is sensational...[Harriet] Walter impresses as a mob don-like Henry.”
    Time Out

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