An evening of programmes on Sunday 16 January, including a screening of 2014's Henry IV Part I, in which Sir Antony memorably played Falstaff.

BBC Four will celebrate the life of Sir Antony Sher on Sunday with an evening of programmes dedicated to the acclaimed actor, who died in December.

The centrepiece will be an 8pm screening of our 2014 production of Henry IV Part I, in which Antony plays the loveable rogue Falstaff. Directed by Gregory Doran, RSC Artistic Director and Antony’s husband, the production originally opened Stratford-upon-Avon, followed by a UK tour, a season in London and performances in China.

Before the screening, you can see Antony Sher and Gregory Doran in conversation with Sue MacGregor at 7pm (first broadcast in 2015), in which they talk about their shared passion for Shakespeare and their remarkable collection of productions at the RSC. Then at 10.45pm there will be another chance to see 2009's Mark Lawson Talks to Antony Sher, where Sir Antony discusses growing up as a white South African, working with Gregory Doran and bringing Shakespeare to life.

Antony had a long association with the RSC and a hugely celebrated career on stage and screen. His last production with the company was in Kunene and the King, written by his friend and fellow South African actor, writer and activist, John Kani.

Falstaff and Hal laughing together.
Antony Sher as Falstaff and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal in Henry IV Part I.
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In the meantime, you can still watch our 2021 production of The Winter's Tale on iPlayer as well. Originally broadcast on BBC Four in April, Erica Whyman's modern take on the play features Joseph Kloska as Leontes and Kemi-Bo Jacobs as Hermione.

Watch The Winter's Tale