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Barbican Centre (London, )
(Barbican/Moorgate) Silk Street
London,

Schedule

Mondays: 7:15pm
Tuesdays: 7:15pm
Wednesdays: 7:15pm
Thursdays: 1:30pm and 7:15pm
Fridays: 7:15pm
Saturdays: 1:30pm and 7:15pm

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The Royal Shakespeare Company returns to the Barbican this autumn with a contemporary London Season comprising three of the playwright’s most loved titles: Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Fiona Laird directs hilarious comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor with more than a hint of reality TV… RSC Associate Artist David Troughton returns as Falstaff following his recent acclaimed performance in the title role of Titus Andronicus.

Down on his luck in the suburbs, Sir 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 directs RSC Associate Artist David Troughton as Falstaff following his recent acclaimed performance in Titus Andronicus (2017).

The Merry Wives of Windsor: 7 DECEMBER 2018 - 5 JANUARY 2019
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