At the Boar’s Head (Holst) – dossier

AT THE BOAR’S HEAD

A musical interlude in one act

The libretto taken from Shakespeare’s King Henry IV

The music, founded on old English melodies, by Gustav Holst (Op. 42)

First performed: Palace Theatre, Manchester, 3 April 1925, conducted by Malcolm Sargent

My review.


CHARACTERS

Falstaff (bass): Norman Allin

Prince Hal (tenor): Tudor Davies

Poins (bass)

Bardolph (baritone)

Peto (tenor)

Gadshill (baritone)

Pistol (baritone)

Pistol’s Two Companions (baritones)

Hostess (Dame Quickly) (soprano)

Doll Tearsheet (mezzo-soprano): Constance Willis

Soldiers (unseen) (baritones)

A Drawer

 

The scene is laid in the upper room of The Boar’s Head Tavern, Eastcheap