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(ˈfɔl stæf, -stɑf)

Sir John, the fat jovial somewhat unscrupulous knight in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Fal•staff•i•an (fɔlˈstæf i ən) adj.
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These were the plays that we loved, and must have read in common, or at least at the same time: but others that I more especially liked were the Histories, and among them particularly were the Henrys, where Falstaff appeared.
As to Falstaff personally, or his like, I was rather fastidious, and would not have made friends with him in the flesh, much or little.
Based on Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor, the opera revolves round the unlikely, plump protagonist Sir John Falstaff and his farcical attempts to seduce women in order to gain access to their husbands' wealth.
Meanwhile, Hanks noticed that the crowd felt restless with the incident, which made Sir John Falstaff - the character he was portraying - to go back on the stage and urged the people to not leave the venue in a comical way.
The comedy, as performed at Shakespeare's Globe in London and directed by Christopher Luscombe, concentrates on the fat knight Sir John Falstaff who is very short on money.
Falstaff will get the Tom Hanks treatment when the actor stars in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles' production of Henry IV .
Falstaff s anonymous page boy--identified as "Page" in 2 Henry IV and "Boy" in Henry V--denunciates chivalric manhood by evincing a skeptical view of the kind of heroic masculinity championed by the Earl of Essex.
Falstaff is one of Shakespeare's most attractive and enigmatic characters.
So where does Sir John Falstaff (Barrie Rutter, in Billy Bunter fat suit, playing the libidinous knight for a third time) fit in to all this?
Barrie, who is both directing and taking the lead role of Sir John Falstaff, says he is phenomenally grateful to the company's loyal audiences in the north.
Muscat: The future of opera is bright if the young cast of the Accademia Teatro Alla Scala's Falstaff, which was held at the Royal Opera House Muscat on Thursday and Friday, is an indication of things to come.
One may quibble here and there with Cobb's casting choices, but he's the star of the show, portraying Sir John Falstaff with delightfully leering licentiousness.