Shakespeare Plays Available in Video Format
Scholars Online Educational Resources


All’s Well That Ends Well
Antony and Cleopatra
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Henry IV, part 1
Henry IV, part 2
Henry V
Henry VI, part 1
Henry VI, part 2
Henry VI, part 3
Henry VIII
Julius Caesar
King John
King Lear
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Measure for Measure
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Richard II
Richard III
Romeo and Juliet
The Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night
Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Winter’s Tale

Available versions

1960: Michael Hayes

1979: David Giles

2011: Dominic Dromgoole

2012: Richard Eyre

2014: Gregory Doran


2013: Shakespeare Uncovered (Season 1, Ep. 5)

Henry IV, Part 2

Henry IV, Part 2 carries forward the two strands of story put in motion in Henry IV, Part 1. The two parts are integrated, but not (I believe) nearly as dextrously as those in the first part. Some of the reason is that Harry Hotspur, who was one of the main points of interest in Part 1, is already dead, while the other story wanders into the painful territory of Hal extricating himself from the company of his former disreputable associates (chiefly Falstaff). All this draws to a head and a dramatic close with the death of King Henry IV. To some degree, the play seems to be a mechanical bridge between Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry V.

I personally find it less amusing and nuanced, but in all fairness, it is a play that offers a number of interesting thematic reflections on the basic ideas of the whole range of plays, and toward the end of the play there are a handful of dramatically powerful scenes — the first where Hal takes and dons the crown before his father has actually died, and has to explain his way out of that, and the other where he finally rejects Falstaff unequivocally. There’s considerable dramatic meat there that can be disposed in a variety of ways in performance.