Broadcast from Shakespeare’s Globe, London
Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound in The Merry Wives of Windsor as Sir John Falstaff sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. But the ‘Merry Wives’ quickly cotton on to his tricks and decide to have a bit of fun of their own at Falstaff’s expense…
The Merry Wives of Windsor is the only comedy that Shakespeare set in his native land. Drawing influences from 1930s British fashion, music and dance, this new production from Shakespeare’s Globe will celebrate women, and the power and beauty of nature. With its witty mix of verbal and physical humour, the play celebrates a tradition that reaches right down to the contemporary English sitcom.
Directed by Elle While, the production stars Olivier Award-nominated Bryony Hannah (Call the Midwife, The Children’s Hour), Sarah Finigan (Suffragette, Upstart Crow) and Pearce Quigley (Hamlet, As You Like It) as Falstaff. The Merry Wives of Windsor will be staged at the beautiful and iconic Globe Theatre in London and will be broadcast live to cinemas.
PRODUCTION Writer WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Director ELLE WHILE
CAST Falstaff PEARCE QUIGLEY Sir Hugh Evans/Nym HEDYDD DYLAN Mistress Page SARAH FINIGAN Mistress Ford BRYONY HANNAH Doctor Caius/Pistol RICHARD KATZ Abraham Slender/Robin JOSHUA LACEY George Page FORBES MASSON Host/Peter Simple ANNE ODEKE Frank Ford JUDE OWUSU Mistress Quickly ANITA REYNOLDS Anne Page/John Rugby BOADICEA RICKETTS Robert Shallow DICKON TYRRELL Fenton/Bardolph ZACH WYATT
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