Henry IV, Part 2
Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2 are sometimes jointly referred to simply as Henry IV, and at other times the individual plays may be referred to by that title. This most frequently occurs in the case of the more popular part one.
The original text
Believed to have been written between 1596 and 1599 and probably performed that year. The play was entered into the Register of the Stationers' Company in 1600 by Andrew Wise and William Aspley and first printed in quarto later that year by Valentine Simmes. The First Folio appeared in 1623.
Translations and Adaptations
A number of operas named Falstaff, largely based on The Merry Wives of Windsor, with material from Shakespeare's Henry IV, (Parts I and II) added, have been written over the years. Composers and librettists include Antonio Salieri and Carlo Prospero Defranceschi (1799); Michael William Balfe and S. Manfredo Maggione (1838); and Giuseppe Verdi and Arrigo Boito (1893). A "symphonic study" called Falstaff was also written by Edward Elgar in 1913.
1853: Selections from what is referred to as Henry IV were performed in The Lyceum by the Port Elizabeth Dramatic Society on 22 October, followed by The Spare Bed (Fox Cooper), An Unwarrantable Intrusion ( Morton). This could have been selections from either one or both the Henry IV plays.
Jill Fletcher. 1994. The Story of Theatre in South Africa: A Guide to its History from 1780-1930. Cape Town: Vlaeberg: pp. 27, 81.
PACT theatre programme, 1976.
CAPAB theatre programme, 1984.