Paola Dionisotti, an experienced Shakespearean performer but also a well-known TV face (Miss Marple, Midsomer Murders), cracks the whip in the Boar's Head Tavern
; Antony Byrne (who also plays the Earl of Worcester in Henry IV Part I) explodes on stage as a punk-like Pistol.
Battles and political intrigue are tempered with the drunken antics of Prince Hal, Falstaff, Ned Points, Mistress Quickly and the rest of their motley crew in the Boar's Head Tavern
Mistress Quickly, hostess of the Boar's Head Tavern in Eastcheap.
Masked, he and the Prince rob Falstaff and the other robbers at Gadshill and endeavor to discountenance Falstaff at the Boar's Head Tavern afterward.
Falstaff, as witty, fertile, and energetic as ever, continues to intimidate and outwit those of his own class, the frequenters of the Boar's Head Tavern
and the country bumpkins led by Justice Shallow, yet when he attempts to hold his own with those connected with the court, he is clearly beyond his depth.