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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Thoroughly enjoyable traditional production of a very amusing play. The 'slap-stick' comedy is excellent, and the verbal word-play clear. Good quality DVD,visually and audio.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I found this to be competent, but uninspiring.
I found this to be competent, but uninspiring. Shakespeare had obviously not yet fleshed out the Falstaff character as he had in later plays.
As someone who is not that familiar with the works of Shakespeare, to me, this seems to be a transitional play, in which he was working on ideas that would later be used in the two Henry IV plays.
Published 6 days ago by Mark B


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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 6 Sep 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyable traditional production of a very amusing play. The 'slap-stick' comedy is excellent, and the verbal word-play clear. Good quality DVD,visually and audio.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An example of outstanding acting resulting in enormous fun for the players, the audience and the viewer/s, 28 April 2014
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I. Giles (Argyll, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This is a wonderful example of the sheer quality of these performances recorded at the Globe theatre. This particular play is one of the funniest of the Shakespearian comedies and this production and performance does not disappoint.

It would be invidious to single out any one or more actors for particular praise and far fairer to summarise by commenting that there is not only no weak spot but that the whole exuberant experience is a delight from start to finish and is projected at a terrific pace.

As usual, the musicians are also of the highest quality and no small part of the success of the venture. Their blend of the authentic Elizabethan instruments juxtaposed with the very unauthentic jazzy style of music making is frequently deliciously anarchic in effect and perfectly matches the high jinks taking place on the stage.

The recording is exemplary and this is simply a wonderful disc in every way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing performance, 23 July 2013
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If you like Shakespeare you will love this. Shakespeare as it is meant to be seen. Great performances. Loved it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I found this to be competent, but uninspiring., 22 Aug 2014
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I found this to be competent, but uninspiring. Shakespeare had obviously not yet fleshed out the Falstaff character as he had in later plays.
As someone who is not that familiar with the works of Shakespeare, to me, this seems to be a transitional play, in which he was working on ideas that would later be used in the two Henry IV plays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Globe DVD's - Excellent entertainment, 29 Nov 2013
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Great fun! it is good to see Shakespeare's plays without embellsihments or modern interpretations.
I hope the Globe Theatre will put more of their productioins on the market as I can't get to London easily.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Aug 2014
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Lovely production, a right royal 'romp' in the proper Shakespearean manner!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun!, 14 Dec 2012
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A delightful production of a Shakespeare play that very often fails for a number of reasons. It really is great fun.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles not needed , SHAKESPEARE IS THE LANGUAGE, 26 Dec 2012
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D. G. Hawkes "dayglowhippett" (Essex UK) - See all my reviews
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The previous reviews demanding subtitles seriously miss the point. Shakespeare is a living language kept alive and existing in performance. Many of his meanings are lost in terms of the actual language used but are interpreted by actors and directors anew and that is how he would have wanted it. You did not come to the Globe to "see" a play you "heard it". Likewise don't worry about reading the script or looking at the subtitles in a Shakespeare DVD, just immerse yourself in the play. The groundlings at the Globe were brave enough to listen and take what they wanted from the plays and Shakespeare was their teacher in ethics, law, theology , language and even Latin. They absorbed it all and came to their own understanding of the play. You don't need subtitles that is ridiculous. Don't be put off - enjoy an excellent production of one of the Bards most accessible plays then discuss the meaning with your class if you teach or family and friends.... you'll have a much better experience than reading subtitles. Remember ... The Play is the thing.
Dave Hawkes
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