It's been said Elizabeth commanded Shakespeare to write a play about Sir John Falstaff
, a tubby knight who features in Henry IV, because she liked him and wanted to see him in love.
Other roles were characterfully filled in this lively semistaging, but most engaging of all were the portrayals of the opera's two wily schemers, Jane Henschel as the resourceful Mistress Quickly delighting in her plotting, and, above all, Ambrogio Maestri as her old mucker Sir John Falstaff
himself, both pompous in his self-worth and touching in his awareness of his decline.
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?
Sir John Falstaff
is with Bardolph on a public road to Coventry when he declares, "Bardolph, get thee before to Coventry; fill me a bottle of sack; our soldiers shall march through; we'll to Sutton Co'fil' tonight".
Nardizzi abjures choices between historicism and presentism, criticism and activism, human and nonhuman, subject and object; instead, he practices a mode of historicist "eco-materalism" that is as motivated by climate change as it is by the peculiar puzzle of looking at Sir John Falstaff
and beholding a venerable oak (73-76).
Performed by a cast of local amateur (and occasionally ex-professional) actors, this rarely-presented comedy is thought to have been commissioned personally by Queen Elizabeth I who wanted, apparently, to see more of one of her favourite characters: Sir John Falstaff
L'histoire gravite autour de la vengeance de deux dames bourgeoises de Windsor, [beaucoup moins que] Page [beaucoup plus grand que] et [beaucoup moins que] Alice [beaucoup plus grand que] qui contournent les astuces rusees de Sir John Falstaff
, campe par Chaker Boulemdais qui decide de les courtiser pour des fins mercantiles.
Based on Shakespeare's plays The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV, it's the story of Sir John Falstaff
, a broke knight who plans to seduce two married women, Mrs Ford and Mrs Page, so he can gain their husbands' wealth.
Antony Sher as Sir John Falstaff
is majestic in his role as the bumbling yet brutal tavern lord.
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.
When we first see him he has just enjoyed a menage a trois - as Sir John Falstaff
lies in a drunken stupor under the covers of the bed next to him.
In Shakespeare, capons are an indulgence: they are a favorite of Sir John Falstaff
, and in The Two Gentlemen of Verona Launce's dog Crab steals a capon leg from an aristocratic table (4.