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.
The Pearl's production of Henry IV, Part I makes a lot of bold choices, a great number of which pay off. The fact that I have a strong reaction to some negative aspects of the show still tells me that this is a powerful production.
Falstaff is going global. Or you might say, Falstaff is going Globe-al. What's meant by that? Well, Shakespeare's Globe London Cinema Series begins tonight with 6:30 p. m. screenings in theaters across the country.