Michael Gambon to Play Falstaff at London's National Theatre
By John Nathan
19 Aug 2004
Stage and screen star Michael Gambon is to play one of Shakespeare's most enduring and best-loved characters: the liar, cheat and coward, Falstaff.
In Henry IV Parts I and II, Gambon will be directed by the National's artistic director, Nicholas Hytner. The plays will be the first two productions in the National's £10-per-ticket season for spring 2005.
Gambon was most recently seen on the London stage playing opposite Lee Evans in Matthew Warchus' critically acclaimed production of Beckett's Endgame.
The innovative low-ticket price policy — made possible by the sponsorship of Travelex — was launched in 2003 with Hytner's modern production of Henry V, starring Adrian Lester in the title role.
The success of the £10 scheme is a defining characteristic of the Hytner regime, attracting younger and more diverse audiences to the National Theatre.