Falstaff


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Falstaff

jovial knight and rascal of brazen braggadocio. [Br. Lit.: Merry Wives of Windsor; I Henry IV; II Henry IV]

Falstaff

“that swoln parcel of dropsies.” [Br. Drama: Benét, 339]
See: Fatness
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My reading of the Boy, however, merges and extends this pedagogical understanding of Falstaff s page in that I find the Boy participating in crucial gender debates by questioning and ultimately repudiating the competing depictions of manhood exhibited by both Falstaff and the military court.
While still in rehearsal, the college cast of Falstaff have already met Sir Geraint's two sons Alun and Huw, who will also be in the audience for the opening performance.
Barrie Rutter, as the libidinous Sir John Falstaff, tries his luck with the ladies in Northern Broadsides' production of William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives, which is on stage at the Liverpool Playhouse until Saturday Picture: NOBBY CLARKE
The play, first published in 1602, revisits the popular character of Falstaff, who is now past his prime but still bent on seduction.
Sending the two women identical love letters may seem like a good way for Falstaff to hedge his bets and restore his fortunes, but matters -- as so often is the case in Shakespeare's comedies -- quickly go awry.
Sir Antony Sher as Falstaff in Gregory Doran's revival of Henry VI |
Paola, who first performed with the RSC in 1978, says Quickly and Falstaff - the portly rogue played by Antony Sher - have an understanding.
Forever thinking of himself, Falstaff uses the young Price Hal for money and means.
The primary pleasure of this satisfying production is how Falstaff gets his just deserts from the on-to-him retaliations of Mistresses Ford and Page: being hidden in a "buck basket'' full of stinky, unwashed laundry; disguised as Mistress Ford's maid's obese aunt, "the fat woman of Brentford''; dressed as "Herne, the Hunter,'' in Windsor Forest, leading up to the elaborately deceitful finale.
But at the heart of the play is Sir John Falstaff (Antony Sher) a rollicking, ale-guzzling conman, inconsistent to a degree and with a sense of amoral fraudulence that can trick the Cheapside madam, Mistress Quickly (the marvellous Paola Dionisotti) out of house and home and Justice Shallow out of a thousand marks - a huge sum by today's values.
John Fanning brought all his experience and stagecraft to create a grey-haired Falstaff, full of life and schemes still but clearly also corning to terms with the realization that he is well past his prime and acting rather desperately to secure his old age.
Falstaff nunca ha alcanzado la enorme popularidad de otras operas verdianas, debido a su gran dificultad vocal y musical.