The Merry Wives of Windsor

Thu 20th Feb – Sat 1st Mar 2014

NO UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

““Wives may be merry and yet honest too.” ”

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

SUMMARY

Directed by John Hartoch

Sir John Falstaff, banished from the court of Henry V, Is given a pension on which to eke out his days.

At the start of the play, the pension pot is running low and ‘the fat knight’ devises a scheme to improve his financial status by seducing the wives of two local Windsor businessmen.

Mistress Ford and Mistress Page are not, however, the innocent pushovers Falstaff imagines. Far from being impressed by his status, size and sophistication, they see straight through him and plot a series of sexual entrapments to humiliate him. In this they are aided by the eccentric characters of Windsor who close ranks against Falstaff, the invading outsider.

Legend has it that Queen Elizabeth I herself commissioned this play, the warmest and funniest of Shakespeare’s comedies. This production, set around the time of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, aims to provide an evening of full-blooded, quintessentially English fun!

Admission: £15(£10)

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