We were going to see a live production of this (quite rarely performed) Shakespeare play at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, UK by the Northern Broadsides/New Vic company and wanted a DVD production to watch in advance and so bought this. The production is very rich and the open spaces of The Globe Theatre are used very well. Most of the actors are very good and do a good job of delivering the lines in what is a very full production/true to the original text. What we found was missing, though, was more of revelling in the absurdity and downright silliness of some of the scenes (e.g. the scene where the two scholars are discussing matters). The live production we subsequently saw in Leeds did this much, much better and had the audience rolling about with laughter for much of the production and they really "brought the play to life" more I think than this production does. In summary, therefore, a very professional and lavish production (e.g. costumes) but, for me, it did not make full use of the material provided in the way the live production we saw did.