Northumberland swears revenge for his son's death and gathers his allies to fight the ailing king. Meanwhile, the Lord Chief Justice having rebuked Falstaff for being a bad influence on Hal... See full summary »

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Northumberland swears revenge for his son's death and gathers his allies to fight the ailing king. Meanwhile, the Lord Chief Justice having rebuked Falstaff for being a bad influence on Hal, charges him to recruit an army on Henry's behalf. After brawling with the truculent Pistol, Falstaff prepares to leave his lover, Doll Tearsheet, criticizing Hal to her, unaware that the prince is eaves-dropping. Falstaff assembles a motley crew from Justice Shallow but Henry's cousin Westmoreland arrests the rebel leaders after duping them into a truce. Hal, assuming his father is dead, dons the crown and is berated by the dying king but they reconcile as Henry's last gesture is to crown his son. Hal accedes to the throne as Henry V but, now aware he must put frivolity aside, banishes Falstaff as his first act as ruler. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Thoughtful and well acted
20 January 2017 | by (Frinton, England) – See all my reviews

Having read other reviews I thought they must have been watching another film. This production is flawless. Simon Russell Beale is astonishing and compelling as Falstaff, bringing so much depth to the character. There are so many excellent performances here, but notably David Bamber as Justice Shallow, Geoffrey Palmer as the Lord Chief Justice, Jeremy Irons as Henry IV and Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal.

The play is not simply the telling of a story but about the passage of time, the passing of youth,age and consequences. The production brings out so much of the underlying pathos in the characters. The scene in Act 3 Scene 2 where Falstaff and Shallow sit by the fire and Shallow recalls the past conveys the depth of this production.

One reviewer complains about Beale and others mumbling their words which is ridiculous. I can hear every word. The actors speak the language so naturally. Another complains that Part 1 and 2 could have been one film but that wholly misses the point of the themes in the two plays, besides ignoring the fact the Shakespeare wrote the plays in two separate parts.

If you enjoy Shakespeare, enjoy the subtlety of words and acting at its best, then watch and listen.


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