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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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46) The sack often consumed by Sir John Falstaff was a fortified wine, imported from Spain and the Canary Islands; sack was dry but the English usually added sugar to it before it was sold in order to sweeten it, and Falstaff's inordinate desire for it explains why he is called "sack-and-sugar Jack" by Poins in 1 Henry IV (1.
gt;In a nutshell: Mad Hal rides again with an unusual Sir John Falstaff at his side.
Tomorrow Terfel will reprise the role of Sir John Falstaff, who offers Mistress Ford and Mistress Page his unwanted romantic attentions.
Italian baritone Piero Terranova sings the lead role of Sir John Falstaff.
The Merry Wives of Windsor'' focuses on the misadventures of Sir John Falstaff, a knight of considerable earthy wit, but also a scoundrel and occasionally a thief.
Add to all this Antony Sher's brilliance as the wickedly rotund hell-raiser, Sir John Falstaff and a superb Prince Hal from Alex Hassell.
Sir John Falstaff in Shakespeare's Henry IV, parts One and Two, is a comic role he had never really contemplated.
One of the most uproarious characters in all of Shakespeare is Sir John Falstaff, the fat, bawdy, unscrupulous knight who wends his way as a minor character through various versions of the "Henry" plays before making his appearance in a major role in the comedy "The Merry Wives of Windsor.
The farce sees the return of the bawdy "fat knight" Sir John Falstaff, who couldn't have been played more perfectly than by Lichfield's fabulous Town Crier Ken Knowles, who seems to have been born to act.
I like Henry because we see him develop from a young carefree man, who meets up with Sir John Falstaff and his cronies at the inn, to one who suffers the loss of his father and becomes King of England and, finally, to the King who leads his men into battle against the French at Agincourt.
The opera, whose central character is based on Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff, is 'full of boisterous vulgarity, yet nobly magnificent'.
Playing Sir John Falstaff is considered one of the most difficult roles for a bass baritone, but Bryn relished the challenge.

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