The Royal Shakespeare Company Presents THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
Following the live broadcast, catch The Merry Wives of Windsor in cinemas across NORTH AMERICA (from October 5). Watch the trailer below!
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...
Fiona Laird makes her directing debut for the RSC and David Troughton takes on the role of Falstaff following his recent title role in Titus Andronicus (2017) and Gloucester in King Lear (2016 and 2018 Tour).
Joining him as the 'Merry Wives' are Beth Cordingly as Mistress Ford, who plays Escalus in this season's production of Romeo and Juliet, having previously been part of the RSC Swan season in 2015. Playing Mistress Page is Rebecca Lacey, best known for TV roles including Irene Stuart in Monarch of the Glen and as Dr. George Woodman in Casualty. Her theatre credits include Broken Glass (Watford Palace Theatre) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (National Theatre/West End).
The full cast includes: David Acton (Sir Hugh Evans); Afolabi Alli (Pistol); Stevie Basaula (company); Ishia Bennison(Mistress Quickly); Katy Brittain (The Hostess of the Garter); Beth Cordingly (Mistress Ford); Jonathan Cullen (Dr Caius); Paul Dodds (George Page); Josh Finan (Nym); Karen Fishwick (Anne Page); Charlotte Josephine (Bardolph); Rebecca Lacey (Mistress Page); Vince Leigh (Frank Ford); John Macaulay (Simple); Luke Newberry (Fenton); Tom Padley (Slender); Sakuntala Ramanee (company); Tim Samuels (Shallow); Nima Taleghani (company) and David Troughton (Sir John Falstaff).
The Merry Wives of Windsor is directed by Fiona Laird and designed by Lez Brotherston with lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by Gregory Clarke. Music is by Fiona Laird.