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The Merry Wives of Windsor
BUY TICKETS 7pm Wednesday 12 September
PLAY broadcast LIVE from the Royal Shakespeare Company
David Troughton returns to the Company as John Falstaff, following his recent title role in Titus Andronicus and Gloucester in King Lear.
Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos. For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor…
Contemporary fashions seem to have mated with their Shakespearian equivalents in Lez Brotherson’s dazzlingly witty hybridised costumes … Though it’s vibrantly alive to the absurdities, the production never invites you to sneer at this milieu. Falstaff’s great mistake is underestimate the intelligence of Mistress Ford and Mistress Page because of the iffy way they sound to his court ears … Aptly, the production is stuffed with echoes of sitcom – most explicitly, when Falstaff, in drag as the “fat woman of Brentwood [sic]”, murmurs the old Dick Emery line “Ooh you are awful – but I like you”. A delight. Paul Taylor, The Independent
Tickets: Full £19 Adult concessions £17 19-30 £15 18 & under £10
Running time: To be confirmed
Doors open: 6.30pm
Certificate: This screening is certified 12A As Live. Click here for more information.