02-20-2010 02:02 PM
Since, W.S. wasn't perfect (far from it), some of his plays are great and...others, not so much.
I would argue that HENRY V is the best (with some knowledge of HENRY IV).
However, I have not read all of the plays - yet - so I'm interested in what you all think.
02-20-2010 09:25 PM
What leads you to consider Henry V the best?
(Of the tragedies, King Lear and Hamlet are usually especially highly rated. I don't know among the historical plays, and will refrain from commenting on the comedies. Like you, I don't know all his plays, but each that I have encountered has had something profound or fun or ... to say to me. For reasons of using the role of Portia for declamation, Merchant of Venice has long been a personal favorite, although in revisiting it recently it seemed less powerful. Macbeth has appealed for much the same reasons. However, although I have played Mistress Quickly in Merry Wives of Windsor, it is not among my favorites. And, yes, I recognize you ask about "best", not about favorites, so apologies for the diversion.)