Merry Wives of Windsor, Green Stage 

Sir John Falstaff arrives in Windsor somewhat short on cash, and decides his best remedy for the situation is to marry a rich woman. He sets about courting the married Mistress Ford and Mistress Page, sending identical letters to each. The merry wives quickly figure out Falstaff’s game, and while they’re not at all interested in his advances, they lead him on in order to play a series of jokes and indignities on him. Meanwhile, three suitors compete for the hand of Page’s daughter, Anne. Who will win? And what of the others in this tale of love and marriage, jealousy and revenge?   

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Falstaff, Kungliga Operan

Falstaff, Kungliga Operan

Giuseppe Verdi's last opera is an ebullient comic masterpiece about a joyful knight. The work is based on Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor and is a humorous celebration of love and life. Set, directed by Ann-Margret Pettersson, premiered at the Opera in 2009 with a colorful stage design of the high esteem the artist Lennart Jirlow.

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Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare

“A salt and pepper pot for the king and queen. A vase for the prince. A matchbox for the servant. A toilet roll tube for the Innkeeper. A water bottle for the messenger.

In Complete Works six performers create condensed versions of each and every Shakespeare play, comically and intimately retelling them, using a collection of everyday objects as stand-ins for the characters on the one-metre stage of an ordinary table top."

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The Merry Wives of Windsor, Nothing But Roaring

The Merry Wives of Windsor, Nothing But Roaring

“Here’s a production to rescue The Merry Wives of Windsor from the remainder pile of Shakespearean history… Considine [as Falstaff] is a barrelling and bright-eyed force of nature... He’s gruff, explosive and thrilling to watch. His acting is knife-edged. Utterly alive. And so is the production.” Chris Boyd, The Australian

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The Merry Wives, Northern Broadsides

The Merry Wives       
Presented in English   
February 5 to May 28, 2016


Company: Northern Broadsides

Northern Broadsides delivers a notably not 'of Windsor' Merry Wives in keeping with the company's Yorkshire roots and North-championing ethos. Some less than politically correct characterisations seemed to come straight out of the play's interwar setting. The romping production built on Yorkshire's superb tradition of pantomime.

Director: Barrie Rutter
Designer: Lis Evans
Lighting: Adam Foley
Musical Director: Conrad Nelson

Falstaff: Barrie Rutter
Nim/Fenton: Adam Barlow
Simple: Al Bollands
Pistol/William: Ben Burman
Caius: Andy Cryer
Anne Page/Robin: Sarah Eve
Evans: John Gully
Mistress Ford: Becky Hindley
Mistress Page: Nicola Sanderson
Shallow: Thomas Dyer Blake
Bardolph/Rugby: Josh Moran
Page: Roy North
Mistress Quickly: Helen Sheals
Host: Mark Stratton
Slender: Jos Vantyler
Ford: Andrew Vincent.          

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Tour Dates/Locations:

New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme
Fri 5 – Sat 27 Feb

Viaduct Theatre, Halifax
Tues 1 – Sat 5 March

Hull Truck Theatre
Tue 8 – Sat 12 March

The Lowry, Salford
Tue 15 – Sat 19 March

Rose Theatre Kingston
Tue 22 – Sat 26 March

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Wed 6 – Sat 16 April

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Tue 19 – Sat 23 April

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Tue 26 – Sat 30 April

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
Wed 4 – Sat 7 May

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Tue 10 – Sat 14 May

York Theatre Royal
Tue 17 – Sat 21 May

Liverpool Playhouse
Tue 24 – Sat 28 May