Without eliminating any characters, the smallest cast is:
14 men, 2 or 4 women
Actor 1: King Henry IV, Lord Chief Justice
Actor 2: Prince Henry, Travers, Wart
Actor 3: John of Lancaster, Poins, Bullcalf
Actor 4: Humphrey Duke of Gloucester, Lord Hastings, Morton, Francis, King Henry’s Page
Actor 5: Thomas Duke of Clarence, Lord Mowbray, Earl of Surrey, 2nd Drawer
Actor 6: Earl of Northumberland, Gower, Harcourt, Shallow, Officer
Actor 7: Lord Bardolph, Pistol, Shadow, Sir John Colvile
Actor 8: Sir John Falstaff, Epilogue
Actor 9: Falstaff’s Page, Feeble, Messenger
Actor 10: Rumor the Presenter, Bardolph
Actor 11: Scroop Archbishop of York, Davy, 3rd Drawer, Porter
Actor 12: Earl of Westmorland, Peto, 2nd Strewer, Servant to Lord High Justice
Actor 13: Earl of Warwick, Snare, Mouldy, 1st Strewer, Beadle
Actor 14:, Sir John Blunt, Silence, Fang, 3rd Strewer,
Actor 1: Lady Nothumberland, Hostess Quickly
Actor 2: Lady Percy, Doll Tearsheet
Note: using only two actresses requires an extremely quick costume change, but it can be done. Otherwise, four are required.
Do you have any casting alternatives?
Last Edit: 5 years 3 months ago by William Shakespeare.
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