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Ian McKellan plays Falstaff in a new version of Henry IV

Here renamed, Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays offer up some of his most beautifully drawn characters, including Mistress Quickly, Pistol, Justice Shallow and irrepressible comic knight Sir John Falstaff.             

 The epic tale finds England in turmoil, the king’s position weak, the Prince of Wales under the corrupting influence of Falstaff, and civil war inevitable...                                       

This highly acclaimed modern-dress production stars Sir Ian McKellen, who, perhaps surprisingly, is here playing the larger-than-life Falstaff for the very first time in his distinguished career.  

Directed and written by Robert Icke.

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