Boar's Head

by  Don Nigro

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  8m, 5f

This big, colorful, uproariously funny and ultimately moving play tells the story of the Shakespearean characters who meet at the Boar's Head Tavern in East Cheap. We see the scenes Shakespeare tells us about but leaves out of Henry IV, Parts One and Two; Henry V; and The Merry Wives of Windsor. The language is rich, the characterizations compelling, and the play has a surprisingly powerful resonance of its own. The latest of Nigro's ongoing investigations of Shakespeare and his worlds.

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Boar's Head

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This big, colorful, uproariously funny and ultimately moving play tells the story of the Shakespearean characters who meet at the Boar's Head Tavern in East Cheap. We see the scenes Shakespeare tells us about but leaves out of Henry IV, Parts One and Two; Henry V; and The Merry Wives of Windsor, centering on Doll Tearsheet, her unrequited love for Ned Poins, Ned's sister Nell, impregnated by Prince Hal, and Robin, a girl masquerading as a tavern boy, also in love with Ned. Bardolph, Mistress Quickley, Justice Shallow, Pistol, Jane Nightwork and a host of other characters who live at the edge of Shakespeare move to the center in this play, along with Jack Falstaff and a dead Windmill Keeper who might be Shakespeare himself. The language is rich, the characterizations compelling, and the play has a surprisingly powerful resonance of its own. The latest of Nigro's ongoing investigations of Shakespeare and his worlds.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: At the Boar's Head Tavern in Eastcheap, London, the Dolphin Room by the sea-coal fire, with some wooden tables and stools, and a bedroom chamber, with bed. Also, the Fleet Prison.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

8m, 5f
MISTRESS QUICKLY
DOLL TEARSHEET
ROBIN
BARDOLPH
FRANCIS/DAVY
SIR JOHN FALSTAFF
GOODWIFE KEECH/BUCKET WOMAN/JANE NIGHTWORK
NED POINS/ ARMLESS MAN
NELL PAINS
SNEAK/JUSTICE SHALLOW
PISTOL
FANG/WINDMILL KEEPER
SNARE/CORPORAL NYM
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

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Authors

Don Nigro

Don Nigro is among the most frequently published and widely produced playwrights in the world and has continued to build a deeply interrelated and diverse body of dramatic literature, employing a wide variety of dramatic conventions and styles of presentation. He has written monologues and epics, spare realistic dramas ...

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First presented at York University in York, Pennsylvania. Directed by James McGhee.

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