McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Sarah Breckenridge Wright
Danielle St. Hilaire
Shakespeare, Richard II, 1 Henry IV, performance, kingship, history plays, cross-casting
This paper examines the parallels and connections between Richard II and Prince Hal in Shakespeare’sRichard II and 1 Henry IV and what the results would be if the characters were cross-cast, or played by the same actor onstage, in performance. Criticism on the plays has often addressed the parallels between the two characters, but as of yet no one has examined ways to show this in performance. This paper acts as a form of critical introduction for a proposed combined performance text of both Richard II and 1 Henry IV, arguing that the textual parallels between the two characters – specifically, their interactions with father figures, their understandings of kingship, and their divided performances of their roles – are highlighted in performance.
Morris, A. (2019). "within the hollow crown": Performing Kingship in Richard II and Henry IV Part One (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1771