Henry IV Part 1: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2-DVD Set
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Jamie Parker, a dashing version of the Boy Next Door and impossible not to like, plays Hal with the same combination of wit and exuberance. Not surprisingly, the best scenes in the play lie between these two actors -- especially the great tavern scene in which Falstaff's account of his failed robbery grows more gloriously preposterous by the second until Hal abruptly deflates it, and Falstaff, caught like a rat in a trap, miraculously escapes with his inspired nonsense about being a coward "on instinct." Allam and Parker play this game with so much engagement, wit, and glee that you feel like you're seeing it for the first time. This may be the most perfectly wrought comic scene in any of Shakespeare's works, and Allam and Parker understand exactly what makes it such a delight.Read more ›
products of this time and have little feel for, or interest in, Shakespeare's era. Even the costumes look like the product of an amateur performance. I don't like to write a negative review, but I feel I need to warn you. Amazon has many really wonderful DVDs of Shakespeare's plays.This is not one of them. Try the Globe's production of THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR for an example of what the Globe can do when they are at their best.
"Henry IV Part 1" by William Shakespeare (1564 to 1616) continues the story of the play the precedes it, "Richard II." Three of the Percy family are stung by the ill-treatment of them by King Henry IV, who used their services to depose Richard II and gain the throne for himself, and then he has coolly cast them off. They, thus, plan a rebellion against the King.
This Globe Theatre production of "Henry IV Part 1" (written circa 1598) brings the first part of this history play to life. It does so with some unforgettable acting (aided by good scenery, costumes, and music).
The title "Henry IV" is somewhat misleading. (You'll realize this when you watch this production.) King Henry is rarely on stage, and at times seems to exist solely as a peg upon which to hang the more interesting tale of Prince Hal and Sir John Falstaff.
Yes, the play generally is about Henry's struggle to maintain the throne. But the play itself centers on Prince Hal and his development from jokester into king. Two plots, one comic and one serious, are represented, respectively, by Falstaff & the Boar's Head Tavern gang and by King Henry & his court. Hal can be thought of as a hinge upon which the two swing back and fourth.
Thus, there are two "musts" when bringing this play to the stage:
(1) You must have a good Falstaff. I was "hugely" impressed with actor Roger Allam's performance as "that villainous abominable misleader of youth" called Falstaff. He gives an admirable performance to what can be a difficult character to portray at times.
(2) You must have a good Prince Hal. I have to give kudos to actor Jamie Parker's performance as the "madcap" son of King Henry.Read more ›
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I ordered this for a college Shakespeare class that I teach. I was going to show this version after we read the play, but it is so bad that I was too embarrassed to show it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nachem
The cast is excellent, for the most part. Falstaff and Prince Hal both stand out -- they are both just amazing! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Samuel Nash
Acting on the whole unimpressed, Falstaff adequate, Hal horrible, the rest of the actors amateurish.Published 11 months ago by Laurence H. Anderson
I would agree that this is a fine production, and Allan especially deserves all the praise he's received. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dr. Malcolm Richardson
Strong performances all around, but Roger Allam's Falstaff steals the show. His performance alone is worth the price of the DVD. He is just superb. But don't cheat yourself. Read morePublished 22 months ago by J. Evans
This is a great performance. Falstaff and Hal play their parts with verve and humor and are the perfect foils for each other. Read morePublished on April 13, 2014 by R. Cortvriend
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