King Henry IV, Part I | Critical Essay by Charles R. Forker

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Critical Review by Patrick Carnegy

SOURCE: Carnegy, Patrick. Review of Henry IV, Part 2. Spectator 285, no. 8971 (15 July 2000): 42-3.

In the following review of a 2000 production of Henry IV, Part 2 directed by Michael Attenborough, Carnegy praises Desmond Barrit's immensely comic Falstaff and David Troughton's emotional King Henry.

The themes of a coldly-strong king blighted by guilt and rebellion, and of a dissolute prince growing into his destiny, are of course a recapitulation of those in Part 1, but their development sounds a deeper, darker note [in Michael Attenborough's production of Henry IV Part 2]. Attenborough and his strong cast have the perfect measure of the trajectory from darkness into the dawn of a new beginning.

Inseparable from it is the comic spirit incarnate in Desmond Barrit's Falstaff. With support from Arthur Cox as Bardolph, Benjamin Whitrow as Shallow and Peter Copley as Silence, Plump Jack's adventures in Eastcheap and...

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