When I lived in New York City, I would seek out any and every Shakespeare play I could find and afford.
I saw a performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor which has stuck with me through the years. I took a cab to the Lower East Side of Manhattan and found the address. The building was an abandoned storefront. The theater was in the basement of the building. The seating was rickety bleachers that created a theater in the round with the audience looking down on the players. The actors had sort-of-period costumes and there was no set. So it was up to the actors and the words.
Falstaff stole the show.
In the 20th Century, movies have helped bring Shakespeare to the masses. Two of my favorite Shakespearean actor/directors are Orson Welles and Kenneth Branagh.
I'll let the actors and the words speak for themselves.
Orson Welles doing a monologue on TV
Orson Welles from his Chimes At Midnight
Orson Welles from his Macbeth
Kenneth Branagh from his Henry V