This line of Shakespeare, said by Falstaff to Shallow in Henry IV, Part II, is a good one for a clock. The date that follows, October 3rd 1945, commemorates the opening night of John Burrell’s Henry IV Part Two at the Old Vic. Larry performed as Shallow, alongside Ralph Richardson’s Falstaff. As Shallow, Larry ‘threw across the stage a golden autumnal veil, and made the idle sporadic chatter of the lines glow with same kind of delight as Gray’s Elegy’. (Stanley Wells, quoted in James N. Loehlin, Henry IV: Parts I and II, 2008).
Philip Ziegler (op. cit., p.133) writes 'The two parts of "Henry IV" will be remembered above all for Richardson's Falstaff. No performance of any part can be definitive, but few indeed of those who saw him doubted that they were witnessing something which they could never hope to see rivalled in their lifetime.'