Information provided about the play
William Shakespeare never published any of his plays and therefore none of the original manuscripts have survived. Eighteen unauthorised versions of his plays were, however, published during his lifetime in quarto editions by unscrupulous publishers (there were no copyright laws protecting Shakespeare and his works during the Elizabethan era). A collection of his works did not appear until 1623 ( a full seven years after Shakespeare's death on April 23, 1616) when two of his fellow actors, John Hemminges and Henry Condell, posthumously recorded his work and published 36 of Williamís plays in the First Folio. Some dates are therefore approximate other dates are substantiated by historical events, records of performances and the dates plays appeared in print.
Date first performed
It is believed that the drama was first performed on March 3rd 1592. In the Elizabethan era there was a huge demand for new entertainment and the work would have been produced immediately following the completion of the play.
Date first printed
It is believed that the script was first printed in 1594 although this has now been confirmed. As William Shakespeare clearly did not want his work published details of the play would have therefore been noted, and often pirated without his consent, following a performance.
The settings are London, York, Westminster, Gloucestershire and Yorkshire in England
Theme of Henry IV ( Part 2 )
The play is categorised as a History
Number of words
The number of words in thescript, according to the Complete Public Domain Text is 27,969 .
Famous Quotes / Quotations
The quotes are amongst Shakespeare's most famous including
'eaten me out of house and home' and 'We have heard the chimes at midnight'. Details of these famous quotes follow, complete with information regarding the Act and the Scene, allowing a quick reference to the section of the play that these quotations can be found in.
"He hath eaten me out of house and home".
- (Act II, Scene I).
"Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown". - (Act III, Scene I).
"A man can die but once".
- (Act III, Scene II).
"I do now remember the poor creature, small beer".
- (Act II, Scene II).
"We have heard the chimes at
midnight". - (Act III, Scene II)
The drama was based on real people and events taken from English history. The characters are from the royal Houses of Lancaster and York.
House of Lancaster
Henry IV ("Bolingbroke," son of the Duke of Lancaster), 1399-1413.
Henry V (son of Henry IV), 1413-1422.
Henry VI (son of Henry V, deposed), 1422-1471.
House of York:
Edward IV (son of duke of York), 1461-1483.
Edward V (son of Edward IV), 1483.
Richard III ("Crookback," brother of Edward IV) 1483-1485.
We recommend the following link to access facts, information, a biography and timeline of
King Henry IV
William Shakespeare's Main Source
The Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland by Raphael Holinshed
The Cast and Characters
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