Henry IV Part One (2014)
Loyalties between old friends and allies are destroyed when duty to crown, law and public image take over.
Henry IV, formerly known as Bolingbroke, now rules England as a non-divinely Ordained, ursurper. Beset with troubles, he is divided between his desire to rule, and his inner need to travel to the Holy Land as penance for his part in the death of Richard II.
Hal and Falstaff
Prince Hal, has avoided the court and public responsibility and spends his time in riotous living while in the company of the elderly, high-spirited Sir John Falstaff, and a gang of hangers-on at the Boar’s Head Tavern in Eastcheap. While he enjoys his lifestyle, he’s aware of the characters of the people he associates with, and plans to redeem himself to the public at another time.
The Percys, resentment towards Henry plot their revolt through a series of political moves, culminating in war against Henry IV.
Hotspur vs. Hal
Prince Hal and the Young Hotspur begin the play as mirror images. While both began with life of debauchery and excess, they both choose different paths. Hal to redeem his tarnished reputation, and Hotspur falls.