Henry IV Gets 5 Stars from the Guardian

Michael Billington in the Guardian has given Henry IV parts 1 & 2 his highest five star rating saying, "Peter Hall, returning to them for the first time since he directed them at Stratford in 1964, has also realised them to perfection."  About Tom's performance in particular, he writes:

"But the complexity of the Hal-Falstaff relationship is enhanced by Tom Mison's admirable Prince. In the great, role-playing tavern scene where Hal assumes his father's identity, Mison gives due warning of his intentions. "Banish plump Jack and banish all the world," cries Falstaff, to which Mison replies, "I do" in the voice of his father and then "I will" in his own steely register.

You feel Mison is constantly trying to tell Falstaff that things can't last; yet, on the battlefield at Shrewsbury, he tenderly kisses the supposedly dead knight. And when Mison assumes power as Henry V, he implies that the dismissal of Falstaff exacts its own personal cost."

Not sure we agree with the selection of accompanying photo for the review - we would have much preferred the above thud-worthy photo, which was taken by Nobby Clark.

More Production Photos of Henry IV 1 & 2

Photographer Geraint Lewis has uploaded many gorgeous production photos of Henry IV 1& 2 to his galleries.  You can view them on his website here.

More Glowing Reviews for Henry IV

More Glowing Reviews for Henry IV

They haven't even had press day yet - that is July 27th - but there are already some great reviews being posted about the play and Tom's performance.  Here are a couple of them:

WIltshire Gazette & Herald

"Tom Mison subtley matures from irresponsible youth to King in the course of the action.

He and David Yelland (Henry) share a poignant and memorable scene which begins as a father-son row on Henry’s deathbed and ends in reconciliation as Henry hands the crown to his son.

The set is amazing with complementary lighting.

There is not a weak link in the large cast, of whom many play multiple roles."

 

This is Bath:

"Sir Peter and Shakespeare gives us an insight in meticulous detail into a country torn this way and that by violent struggles in the run up to first the death of Henry IV and then the taking of the crown by the once reckless Prince Hal, beautifully played by Tom Mison."

 

Photo Credit:  Nobby Clark

 

New Production Photos from Henry IV, part 2!

New Production Photos from Henry IV, part 2!

Thanks once again to the Theatre Royal Bath for the amazing photos of the production, this time from Part 2!  The rest can be seen in the galleries.  All photos credited to Nobby Clark.