<iframe src="//www.googletagmanager.com/ns.html?id=GTM-K3L4M3" height="0" width="0" style="display:none;visibility:hidden">


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.

Already a subscriber? Log in

Get 10 issues
for $10

Subscribe to The Spectator Australia today for the next 10 magazine issues, plus full online access, for just $10.

  • Delivery of the weekly magazine
  • Unlimited access to spectator.com.au and app
  • Spectator podcasts and newsletters
  • Full access to spectator.co.uk

Unlock this article


Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £15.29 Tel: 08430 600033. Stanley Wells is a Shakespearean scholar. His  Great Shakespeare Actors is published this month.

You might disagree with half of it, but you’ll enjoy reading all of it. Try your first month for free, then just $2 a week for the remainder of your first year.


Don't miss out

Join the conversation with other Spectator Australia readers. Subscribe to leave a comment.

Already a subscriber? Log in