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Falstaff Awards
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0043   Monday, 14 February 2011

From:         Ron Severdia <
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Date:         February 14, 2011 2:59:18 PM EST
Subject:      Falstaff Awards is pleased to announce the nominees and winners for the annual Falstaff Awards for 
2010. With's international reach, reviewers worldwide have come together to honor the 
best in Shakespeare for the year of 2010. The Falstaff Awards recognize extraordinary achievement in the 
areas of Best Play, Best Director, Best Performance by a Male or Female Actor, among other performance 
and technical categories.

This year's winners include Al Pacino for his performance in the Public Theater's production of The 
Merchant of Venice on Broadway and Ping Ching for his direction of Throne of Blood, a stage adaptation of 
Akira Kurosawa's Japanese film adaptation of Macbeth. Throne of Blood premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare 
Festival in 2010 and also garnered awards for Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, and Best 

The Falstaff Awards honor the Blu-ray release of Hamlet as the Best Film/DVD of 2009. Starring David 
Tenant of Dr. Who fame and Patrick Stewart, the film was a fresh adaptation of the popular play and it 
received an excellent transfer to the high-definition format.

Also honored were the Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry VIII productions of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. The 
London-based theatre also produced and released three top-notch Blu-ray editions of successful plays, 
making them the first to dive into the high-definition format with Shakespeare.

Of note is the Lear Award for Lifetime Achievement was awarded to Dakin Matthews in recognition of his 
life-long contribution to Shakespeare performance. Matthews, currently artistic director of the Antaeus 
Company, has been a director, actor and performer for many years, even having adapted Shakespeare for 
Broadway (including the conflated version of Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 starring Kevin Kline). Last year, he 
performed the title role in King Lear in the highly-praised Antaeus Company production.

The complete list of nominees and winners can be found at:

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