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Antony Sher: a surprisingly reluctant actor

According to Antony Sher’s Year of the Fat Knight — his account of playing Falstaff with the RSC — acting is a conveyor-belt job and not half as much fun as drawing or writing

2 May 2015

9:00 AM

2 May 2015

9:00 AM

Year of the Fat Knight: The Falstaff Diaries Antony Sher

Nick Hern Books, pp.189, £16.99, ISBN: 9781848424616

Understandably given its bulk, Antony Sher’s Falstaff in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s recent production of Shakespeare’s two Henry IV plays had a long period of gestation before it emerged, fully formed and laughing, from under the covers of a bed also occupied by Prince Hal and a couple of prostitutes.

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