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Falstaff -1921- by Eduard von Grützner(1864-1925)
Falstaff withGloves, Tin Jugand Wine Glass (Falstaff mitHandschuhen,Zinnkanne und Weinglas) -1919-by Eduard von Grützner
Falstaff withBig Wine Pot and Jug(Falstaff mit großer, Weinkanneund Becher) -1896- by Eduard von Grützner
Falstaff withPewter Tankardby Eduard von Grützner
Falstaff andmodern technology:“Sir John Falstaffneed not have beenknown as „The Fat Knight‟ if he hadmade regular use of an Electric Slimming Machine” Print by H M Brock (c. 1920s) illustrating “Histro-Electric”
Royal DoultonFalstaff figurine (mid-20th Century)
Left: Portrait ofJames Quin (1693- 1766) by William HogarthBelow: Engraving of Quin
Left: James Quin asFalstaff (ca. 1750), by James McArdell (ca. 1729-1765)
Three porcelain figurines of Quin as Falstaff, dating from c. 1795- 1797 to c. 1830 and sometime later in the 1800s. The large number of 18th and 19th century china statuettes representingFalstaff with the features of Quin show how completely the actor was identified with the role.
Playbill for a December 1, 1755 performance of the first part of King Henry the Fourth, With the Humours of Sir John Falstaff(played by Ned Shuter, 1728-1776) at theTheatre Royal, Covent GardenNote that Falstaff gets top billing in the production
Ned Shuter as Falstaff and Peg Woffington as Mistress Ford (right)in The Merry Wives of Windsor
Left: Peg Woffington as Mistress FordBelow: Portrait of Woffington out of character
Mary Bulkley (néeWilford, 1748-1792) as Mistress Ford in TheMerry Wives of Windsor
Mrs. Mary StephensWells (née Davies) (1762-1829) as Mistress Page byWilliam Hamilton
Playbill for an October 19, 1807 performance ofThe Merry Wives of Windsor Or, Falstaff in the Buck-Basket (venue unknown), featuring Charles Kemble (1775-1854) in the role of Falstaff and his wife, MariaTheresa De Camp (1774-1838) as Mistress Ford
Right: Lithograph by Richard James Lane (published May 1840) ofCharles Kemble as Falstaff in Henry IV
25 February 1911: Oscar Asche and Lily Brayton opened their London season at the Garrick Theatre with The Merry Wives of Windsor
From left to right below: Lily Brayton as Mistress Ford, OscarAsche as Falstaff, and Constance Robertson as Mistress Page.
Brayton, Asche, and Constance Robertson (right)
Bessie Major asMistress Quickly andOscar Asche as Falstaff
--1916-- Production of The Merry Wives of Windsor in New York at the Criterion Theatre. Thomas A. Wise played Falstaff. Viola Allen (1867-1948) played Mistress Ford in her last New York appearance. Henrietta Crosman (1865-1944) played Mistress Page.
From left to right: Allen, Wise, Reggie Sheffield (as Robin) and Crosman
--DECEMBER 1928-JANUARY 1929-- Charles D. Coburn played in the three-act comedy Falstaff (written by William Plasted Webber) Ran for 15 performances at the Coburn Theatre. Directed by Richard Boleslavsky and Henry Stillman.
Illustration of Charles Coburn in the role of Falstaff (left) by Alexander Hess
Left: Germanstage and filmactor Werner Krauss(1884-1959) as Falstaff with amonocle, from a 1929production atthe Deutches Theatre, Berlin
Actor playing Falstaff in a 1934 production of Henry IV, Part 1 in 1934
Known as the “Prime Minister of Mirth,” English music hall comedian and star Sir GeorgeRobey (1869-1954) played Falstaffin Henry IV, Part 1 in the 1930s. He reprised the role in the 1944film version of Henry V, directedby and starring Laurence Olivier.
English actor Maurice HerbertEvans (1901-1989), noted for hisinterpretations of Shakespearean characters. This is a promotional photo fromthe 1939 Broadway production of Henry IV, Part 1.
--1940-- SHAKESPEARE MEMORIAL THEATRE The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Ben Iden Payne, designed by Don Finley. Falstaff played by Jay Laurier. Mistress Ford played by Thea Holme. Mistress Page played by Clare Harris.
Act 3, scene 3: Mistresses Ford (Holme) and Page(Harris) attempting to hide Falstaff (Laurier) in the laundry basket
--1943-- Baliol Holloway as FalstaffPatricia Jessel as Mistress Ford and Alison Pickard as Mistress Page at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
--1945-- “THE GREATEST FALSTAFF IN LIVING MEMORY” Ralph Richardson (1902-1983) played Falstaff in the Old Vic‟s production of Henry IV, Part 1 at the New Theatre, London
--1951-- SHAKESPEARE MEMORIAL THEATRE Anthony Quayle (1913-1989) as Falstaff in both parts of Henry IV. Henry IV, Part 1 directed by Quayle and John Kidd. Henry IV, Part 2 directed by Michael Redgrave. Henry V, directed by Quayle. Richard Burton as Prince Hal (Henry V) in all three productions. All three productions designed by Tanya Moiseiwitsch.
Quayle was only 38 years old when hefirst performed the role of Falstaff
Caricature by Ronald Searle, theatricalillustrator for Punch, of Quayle as Falstaff in Henry IV, Part 1. (Published 18 April 1951)
Prince Hal (Richard Burton, left) and Falstaff (Anthony Quayle), Act 1, scene 2
RichardBurton as Prince Hal inHenry IV, Part 1
Hal (Burton), Poins (Alan Badel) and Falstaff (Quayle) plotting their highway robbery, Act 1, scene 2
Henry IV, Part 1: Bardolf (Michael Bates) and Falstaff (Quayle), Act 4, scene 2
Henry IV, Part 2: Falstaff, Silence, Robin and Shallowat Master Shallowshouse, Act 5, scene 1.The cast, from left to right, is Silence (William Squire), Davy (Alexander Gauge), Falstaff (Anthony Quayle), Robin (RobertSandford), Shallow (Alan Badel), Bardolf (Michael Bates).
Henry IV, Part 2: Falstaff, Justice Shallow and Justice Silence choose new recruits from the villagers, Act 3, scene 2
Henry IV, Part 2: Falstaff and Pistol at Henry Vs coronation procession, Act 5 scene 5
RichardBurton as Henry V (1951),directed by Quayle
Henry V: The Page tells Pistol, Hostess, Nym and Bardolf of Falstaff ‟s illness, Act 2, scene 1.
--1955-- THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. Anthony Quayle as Falstaff. Joyce Redman as Mistress Ford. Angela Baddeley as Mistress Page. Directed by Glen Byam Shaw. Designed by Motley. Quayle had already played Falstaff in the Henry IV plays in 1951. This time round his wiry, cunning knight suffered tremendous blows to his dignity at every turn as he was outmaneuvered by Mistress Page and Mistress Ford.
Mistress Ford(Joyce Redman, left) and Mistress Page (AngelaBaddeley, right) compare their identical love letters. Act 2, scene 1
Master Ford(Keith Mitchell), disguised as Master Brooke,appoints Falstaff (Quayle) to seduce his wife. Act 2, scene 2
Falstaff (Quayle)sneaks up behind Mistress Ford (Redman). Act 3, scene 3
Falstaff attempts to seduce Mistress Ford. Act 3 scene 3
Mistress Ford andMistress Page hiding Falstaff in the laundry basket. Act 3, scene 3
Left to right: The Host (Patrick Wymark), Simple (Geoffrey Sassé), and Falstaff. Act 4, scene 5
Falstaff attacked by fairies at Herne‟s Oak. Act 5, scene 5
Searle caricatureof Quayle in TheMerry Wives of Windsor from Punch(20 July 1955)
Searle illustration of The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Old Vic, with Richard Wordsworth as Ford and Paul Rogers as Falstaff (Published 5 October 1955)
Al Hirshfeld illustration of Eric Berry as Falstaff in Henry IV, Part 1 (1960)
--1964-- Clive Swift played Falstaff (for the second time in his career) in The Merry Wives of Windsor Directed by John Blatchley. Performed at the Aldwych Theatre. Designed by Andre Francois.
Falstaff explains his plan to seduce Mistress Page and MistressFord, Act 1, scene 3. From left to right, Robin (Stephen Barrett), Nym (Henry Woolf ), Falstaff (Swift), Pistol (Freddie Jones)
Falstaff (Swift)dressed as Herne the Hunter. Act 5, scene 5
Brewster Mason as Falstaff in a RoyalShakespeare production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Terry Hands.
1979:The Merry Wives of Windsor,directed by TrevorNunn withJohn Caird,designed by John Napier. Falstaff (JohnWoodvine,left) and Bardolf(Norman Tyrrell)
MistressQuickly (Lila Kaye) informingFalstaff (John Woodvine) that both wives are inlove with him.Act 2, scene 2.
Ford (Ben Kingsley)talking with Falstaff (John Woodvine) whiledisguised as Master Brook.Act 2, scene 2
Falstaff (John Woodvine) attempting to seduceMistress Ford(Susan Tracy).Act 3, scene 3
2003: Henry IV, Part 1Kevin Kline as Falstaff and Michael Hayden as Prince Hal
2005:Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 atthe Old Globe, directed by Jack OBrien.John Goodman as Falstaff
2005: Michael Gambon asFalstaff in Henry IV, Part 1Directed by Nicholas Hytner
Falstaff (Paul Kiernan) steals a kissfrom Mistress Page (Lynn Allison) as Master Page (George Roth) tends tothe barbecue in Great Lakes Theater Festival‟s 2005 season openingsummer repertory production of The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Left and Right:Andrew May (MasterFord) shares the stage with actor Paul Kiernan (Falstaff ) Center: Mistress Ford (Kathryn Cherasaro) and Falstaff (Paul Kiernan)
The Host of the Garter Resort (Scott Plate, left) watches on asSimple (Tom Weaver, center) shares a laugh with Falstaff (Paul Kiernan, right)
Royal Shakespeare Companyproduction (2007- 08 season), with David Warner as Falstaff. Directed by Michael Boyd.
David Warner as Falstaff, with Geoffrey Streatfeild as Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 1
Warner also played Falstaff in Henry IV, Part 2(2007-08 season), with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed byRichard Twyman
2008 Sarah Woodward, Serena Evans and ChristopherBenjamin as Falstaffin The Merry Wives of Windsor atShakespeare‟s Globe, London
2008production of the play byShakespeare Sedona (Arizona)
Delaney Williams in a 2008 production ofHenry IV, Part 1, at the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Anne Stone as Mistress Quickly and Delaney Williams as Falstaff
2008 production at the Old Globe in San Diego,which was set in the old West
Falstaff on Film Falstaff, a.k.a.Chimes at Midnight (1965)
The 1991 independent film My Own Private Idaho, loosely based on Henry IV, Part 1, features Keanu Reeves as the Prince Halfigure and William Richart as the Falstaff figure. Called “Bob Pigeon,” he is a middle- aged derelict, petty thief andmentor to a gang of street kids and hustlers who live in an abandoned apartment building.