YMMV: Henry IV Part 1

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Falstaff a sad, old, cowardly man looking at the Crown Prince as a meal ticket, or is he an indefatigable mound of life and bombast who genuinely loves his Hal like a son? Is Hal a defiant, young hedonist living out the last flames of irresponsible youth before the weight of the crown comes crashing down on him, or is he a cold, calculating politician using the denizens of Eastcheap to craft his public image so he can appear so much finer in his reformation? Do Hal and Falstaff even really like each other? There are so many ways to play both characters. Compare the scene where Hal and Falstaff practice Hal's future encounter with his father the king in the 2012 BBC production and the 2010 Globe Theatre production.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Sir John Falstaff, who has more lines of dialogue than any character aside from Hamlet
    • Hotspur as well. It's easy to forget, but there was a time where every stage actor wanted to play him, rather than Falstaff.
    • Especially after the Hollow Crown production, Poins has become this for Parts 1 and 2, owing much to his close relationship with Hal.
  • First Installment Wins: This was a better received play than Part 2, both back then and today.
  • Tear Jerker: Hal's eulogy to Hotspur.