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The Life and Death of Sir John Falstaff: The Gadshill Job (1959)

TitleThe Life and Death of Sir John Falstaff: The Gadshill Job
Release LocationsGB
Play ConnectionsHenry IV, Part 1 (teleplay)
Henry IV, Part 2 (teleplay)


In British terminology "a schools broadcast," which means that it was made especially for young students with all the perils and virtues thereto attached. The subtitle of "The Gadshill Job" obviously is an attempt by the makers to ingratiate themselves with the young. Still, an opportunity to hear Roger Livesey's unique, husky voice uttering Falstaff's words would be well worth anyone's time. This was presented as a mini-series in seven 30-minute segments, only the first of which is recorded here

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

King Henry IVRobert Harris
FalstaffRoger Livesey
PoinsEric Thompson
GadshillMaxwell Shaw
BardolphGeorge Benson
Mistress QuicklyAudrey Noble
ChamberlainPatrick Blackwell
Second CarrierDavid Webb
First CarrierMeadows White
A TravelerIan Wilson
NymRoderick Cook
CastPeggy Forbes-Robertson
CastMartin Gordon
Lord Chief JusticeWalter Hudd
CastMeriel Hunn
Prince HenryColin Jeavons
CastBrian Moorehead

Production Team and Crew Overview

ProducerRonald Eyre
ComposerKenneth Leighton
CostumesMaureen Muggeridge
MakeupShirley Speight
ConductorLionel Salter
ProductionGordon Roland

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell