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Tickets:  £14 (£10 for under-18s)
Also available from Tetbury Tourist Office

The Festival Players Theatre Company brings you Shakespeare’s Merry Wives Of Windsor — a  hilarious and colourful comedy in an all-male, fast paced, costumed production.

The theatre company from Gloucestershire has been touring professional outdoor Shakespeare productions for over 30 years.

Presented in full costume, an all-male company brings the fun of this the most farcical of all of Shakespeare’s plays, bustling with colourful characters and full of intrigues and physical gags, in a crystal-clear and fast-paced two-hour production.

The story centres on Falstaff, the ‘Fat Knight’ who also appears in Henry IV as drinking buddy of young Prince Henry. Indeed, in 1602 it was referred to as ‘a most pleasant and excellent comedy of Sir John Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Windsor’. Down on his luck and staying in Windsor, the roguish and foolish Falstaff plans to seduce not one but two married women so he can get his hands on their husbands’ money. However, the wiley wives of Windsor prove more than a match for him in this hilarious comedy.

A small cast of six play multiple roles, demanding quick costume changes, as well as performing as singers and musicians. This gives an exciting opportunity for the actors to show their energy and versatility. It will be directed by Worcestershire based Dyer, former director of Cornwall’s Minack Open Air Theatre.

Falstaff, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved creations, is boisterous, lively, cowardly and funny, but is also a scoundrel and occasionally a thief. According to theatrical legend, Queen Elizabeth I so liked the character in Henry IV that she commanded William Shakespeare to write another play with him in it, showing him ‘in love’. The Merry Wives of Windsor was the hilarious result.

Music for the show was written specially by folk star Johnny Coppin – whom some will remember headlining the Shed’s first music festival in 2014 … back in the days when there barely was a Shed!

This is a seated indoor production. You are also very welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy beforehand on the neighbouring Millennium Green or Rail-lands picnic area.

Who's Attending

30 people are attending Merry Wives of Windsor

  • Roger Lindley
  • Nigel Hobday
  • Jeanne Bower-Robinson
  • Maggi Loshak
  • Tony Hadfield
  • Alison Bristow
  • Ann Dickinson
  • K P J Williams
  • Krista Hinks
  • Alan Keith
  • Pat Gardiner
  • Kate Apperley
  • Alan Cross

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