The Cotswold Arcadians performing arts production Hatherop School this year is 'Falstaff'
Monday 21st - Saturday 26th July.
Falstaff is one of the great comic creations: old, fat, drunk, indebted, cowardly, a womaniser and a braggart, he is nonetheless a lovable rogue - one that neither Mistress Quickly nor Prince Hal nor his put-upon friends can be cross with for long.
This compilation focuses on the character of Falstaff and his relationship with the young Prince Hal (the future Henry V), but also shows the historical background of rebellion that characterised the reign of the usurper king Henry IV. It provides the Arcadians with the opportunity to play classic Shakespearean comedy whilst also showing scenes from one of the history plays - some of which are regarded as too dull, or too lacking in women's parts, to perform in their entirety. So we shall see the comic adventures of Falstaff (robbing the pilgrims at Gadshill; teasing the lord chief justice; ill-advisedly trying to seduce Mistress Ford) intercut with scenes of politics, rebellion and battle, as Prince Hal vacillates between his affection for Falstaff and his loyalty to his royal father.