The following paper examines Shakespeare’s King Henry IV, focusing on Elizabethan stage scenery, Elizabethan period acting and the historical accuracy of the play.
This paper explores the history of the technical production of Henry IV, Part I and examines some of the historical sources from which Shakespeare obtained his historical information.
Most believe that the Elizabethan stage was rather bare by modern standards. It is a popular opinion that the actions and dialogue of the actors mainly dressed the stage. By modern technological standards this may be true. However records from the Revels Office indicate that scenery was quite elaborate at times and special attention was given to detail. We must draw our conclusions about staging and scenery in Elizabethan stage performances from descriptions written at the time. One of the earliest plays of which we have a description of the scenery is Edwardes tragedy. It was produced in Whitehall in 1564.