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Henry IV Part II (1979)

The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth, Containing His Death and the Coronation of King Henry the Fift (original title)
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Henry, Prince of Wales
Rob Edwards ...
Martin Neil ...
Roger Davenport ...
Thomas, Duke of Clarence
Bruce Purchase ...
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Michael Miller ...
Lord Mowbray
Richard Bebb ...
Lord Hastings
John Humphry ...
Salvin Stewart ...
David Strong ...
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Carl Oatley ...
Morton
Rod Beacham ...
David Buck ...
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This episode begins with the death of Richard, followed by a brief excerpt from the abdication scene, both from Richard II (1978). Rumour's opening soliloquy is then heard in voice-over, played over scenes from the previous week's Henry IV Part I (1979); Henry's lamentation that he has not been able to visit the Holy Land, and the death of Hotspur at the hands of Prince Hal. See more »

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Version of Falstaff (1999) See more »

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fine acting all around, but too many excisions
28 September 2012 | by (Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

It's remarkable that the 2007 reviewer has characterized this production as "unabridged." From beginning to end, large portions of the text have been omitted from this production. Some of the excisions are well-judged, whereas quite a few others are dubious; my main complaint about this otherwise excellent production is that so much of the text has been left out.

One other complaint, which applies to Part 1 as well as to Part 2, is that Anthony Quayle was not fat and was in that respect decidedly unsuited to perform the role of Falstaff. His acting in that role is superb, but all the jokes about his huge girth are peculiarly incongruous -- as a result of which the humorousness of Falstaff is attenuated.


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