For anybody who doesn't know the story, the play is a great one. We've got three main characters,
Prince Hal (son of Henry IV), who spends his days whoring a drinking and is a general disappointment to his father the King; Falstaff, the layabout best friend of Hal, who is simultaneously a best friend and a mentor (and generally pretty hilariously foul); and Hotspur, a hot-headed young man, who wants nothing more than war and battle. Mix them together and you get a fantastic play about kingship and "honor" and young men fighting old men's wars.
For those of you who do know the story, this production is definitely worth the money. Roger Allam stars as Falstaff, and is the perfect mix of revolting, endearing, and attractive. Jamie Parker (as Hal) shows the complexities of the Prince's daddy issues perfectly subtlety, and Sam Crane's Hotspur remains my favorite in the role.
Though it won't be in cinemas again, definitely see it when it's released on DVD/Blu-ray.
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