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The character of Sir John Falstaff – a vain, corpulent and cowardly knight - appears in Shakespeare’s two 'Henry IV' plays and 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'. Falstaff has also inspired a number of great classical works.
When two married women receive love letters from the impoverished Falstaff, they decide to teach him a lesson, tipping him into a ditch from a laundry basket. Pictured in the 1961 Covent Garden production are Mariella Angioletti as Mistress Ford, Josephine Veasey as Mistress Page, Geraint Evans as Falstaff, and Regina Resnick as Mistress Quickly.
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