Cultural depictions of Henry IV of England
Henry IV of England has been depicted in popular culture a number of times.
Almost two hundred years after his death, Henry became the subject of two plays by William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2, as well as featuring prominently in Richard II. As the Earl of Derby, he is also a character in Gordon Daviot's play Richard of Bordeaux.
Henry has been portrayed on screen by:
- Ian Keith in The Black Shield of Falworth (1954), with Tony Curtis
- John Gielgud in Chimes at Midnight (1965), a merger of several Shakespeare plays
- Carl Wharton in Henry IV - Part 2 (2012), a film by The Co-operative British Youth Film Academy.
Henry has been portrayed a number of times on television, mainly in versions of Shakespeare's plays. In this context he has been played by:
- Clement McCallin in a BBC version of The Tragedy of King Richard II (1950)
- Kent Smith in an American version of Richard II (1954)
- Tom Fleming in the BBC series An Age of Kings (1960), which contained all the history plays from Richard II to Richard III
- Erik Hell in Henrik IV (1964), a Swedish version of Henry IV
- Hartmut Reck in König Richard II (1968), a West German version of Richard II
- Timothy West in another BBC version of The Tragedy of King Richard II (1970)
- Sándor Lukács in II. Richárd (1976), a Hungarian version of Richard II
- Jon Finch in the BBC Shakespeare version of King Richard the Second (1978) and both parts of Henry IV (1979)
- Michael Cronin in the BBC series The Wars of the Roses (1989), which included all of Shakespeare's history plays performed by the English Shakespeare Company
- Nikolai Lavrov in Richard Vtoroi (1992), a Russian version of Richard II
- Ronald Pickup in a BBC film, Henry IV (1995), a version of Henry IV, Part 1
- Richard Bremmer in a British TV film, Richard II (1997)
- Veit Schubert in another German version of Richard II (2001)
- Liam Brennan in another BBC film, Richard II (2003), broadcast live from the Globe Theatre in London
- Jeremy Irons in the TV mini-series 'The Hollow Crown' (in the 'Henry IV' episodes) (2012)
- Rory Kinnear also played the younger Henry IV (Bolingbroke) in 'The Hollow Crown' (in the 'Richard II' episode) (2012)
Henry has also been played on television by:
- Ralph Truman in a BBC adaptation of Richard of Bordeaux (1938)
- John Arnatt in another BBC adaptation of Richard of Bordeaux (1955)
- Henry was played by Barry Smith in a straight-to-video film adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard the Second (2001).
- Paul Shenar played him in an American video Richard II (1982), in an Elizabethan style stage production of the play.