on October 8, 2010
We went to see a Saturday afternoon performance of Henry IV, Part 1. It was delightful. The story is basically a coming of age story of Prince Hal, who must mature to become King Henry V. Over the two plays, he changes from loveable madcap to charismatic martial hero with unselfconscious ease, leaving others to marvel at the suddenness and subtlety of the transformation. What makes Part 1 such a crowd pleaser is Falstaff, played by Roger Allam. Falstaff is a shrewd old soldier, disreputable but quick witted. He tries to get the most out of life with the least amount of effort, fooling almost everyone but himself.We ordered our tickets, as well as seat cushions, online before leaving for London and picked them up at the theatre. The queue for ticket pick up was rather long and we missed the first few minutes of the play. We had seats on the lower level rather than stand in the yard, which turned out to be prudent since it started raining just as intermission started and continued to rain lightly for the rest of the performance.After the performance, we visited the shop to buy a Henry IV t-shirt as a memento.
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