Rebellion and maturity run through Shakespeare's histories like a single twisted thread, exemplified by the tearaway-turned-hero Hal and his forever adolescent associate Falstaff, who deserves and gets a comedy to himself in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Lives real and imagined, nobles and beggars, Tudor history and culture all spring to vivid life on the stage of the Globe Theatre in award-winning productions featuring many fine British actors and original music played by an 'authentic' Shakespearean pit band.
This collection embraces some of the playwright's most "regal rogues and some of his most roguish kings”.
The stagings of Henry VIII and Henry IV parts 1 and 2, all made their premieres at the Globe Theatre in the 2010 season.
Roger Allam (Sir John Falstaff), Jamie Parker (Prince Hal), Oliver Cotton (King Henry IV), Barbara Marten (Lady Northumberland), William Gaunt (Shallow), Paul Rider (Bardolph) & Jason Baughan (Westmoreland)
Director: Dominic Dromgoole
Dominic Rowan (Henry VIII), Ian McNeice (Cardinal Wolsey), Kate Duchêne (Queen Katherine), Miranda Raison (Anne Boleyn) & Anthony Howell (Duke of Buckingham)
Director: Mark Rosenblatt
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
Christopher Benjamin (Sir John Falstaff), Philip Bird (Dr Caius), Sue Wallace (Mistress Quickly), Gregory Gudgeon (Nym), Michael Garner (George Page), Serena Evans (Meg Page), Ceri-Lyn Cissone (Anne Page), Sarah Woodward (Alice Ford), Nathan Amzi (Simple), Peter Gale (Shallow), Andrew Havill (Ford), Jonty Stephens (Host), Paul Woodson (Pistol), Barnaby Edwards (Rugby), William Belchambers (Slender), Gerard McCarthy (Fenton)