First Nighter: "Henry IV Part I" and "Henry IV Part II" on Screen with Antony Sher

July 5, 2014 2:14 PM

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William Shakespeare historians have tried and failed to find a figure during the reigns of Henry IV and Henry V who might have been the inspiration for Sir John Falstaff, whom many of the playwright's advocates consider the preeminent Shakespeare character.

Appearing in both Henry IV plays and again in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Falstaff is a full-bodied personage in more ways than one. Over the course of the three plays he's as lovable and trying a man as can be imagined. In that measure, he can be seen as Shakespeare's version of Everyman and profou...

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