The most beloved comic characters of Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays come together in this bawdy, riotous romp, not seen at STC in more than a decade. Celebrating the 25th Anniversary by reinventing the very first production presented during the Free For All, STC is happy to bring back The Merry Wives of Windsor. Falstaff, an impoverished knight, plots to woo two wealthy wives at the same time. However, his plan backfires and the cunning wives seek revenge, bringing chaos to Windsor and embarrassment after embarrassment to Falstaff. Director Stephen Rayne, whose recent production of Sabrina Fair at Ford’s Theatre garnered rave reviews, brings a new spin on this comedy and a merry end to an exceptional season.
News About The Merry Wives of Windsor at Stratford Festival
Stratford Festival Marks Anniversary of First Free Viewing Party With Encore Streaming of KING LEAR
April 21, 2021
The Stratford Festival is continuing to expand its online offerings as it marks the first anniversary of its Thursday night viewing parties this week with an encore screening of King Lear, and with a specially curated selection of theatrical content newly added to Stratfest@Home, the Festival’s $10-a-month streaming service.
Stratford Festival Watch Parties Resume This Thursday With THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
January 18, 2021
The Stratford Festival’s popular Thursday night free viewing parties resume this week with an entertaining variety of offerings, including new and legacy films and all new original content safely created during the pandemic – adding to the rich mine of theatrical content available on Stratfest@Home, the Festival’s $10-a-month streaming service.
MARJORIE PRIME to Make Toronto Premiere at Coal Mine Theatre
January 08, 2020
At once conceptually and deeply moving, with a profound exploration of what makes us human, COAL MINE THEATRE is proud to announce its upcoming presentation of Jordan Harrison's Pulitzer Prize-nominated MARJORIE PRIME, directed by Stewart Arnott. The play, making its long-awaited Toronto Premiere, features a remarkable performance by legendary stage actor Martha Henry, alongside Beau Dixon, Sarah Dodd, and Gordon Hecht. Presented at COAL MINE THEATRE, January 26 - February 23, 2020 (Opening night January 29).
Stratford Festival Announces Casting For 2020 Season
October 17, 2019
With the new Tom Patterson Theatre taking shape on the banks of the Avon River, the Stratford Festival is thrilled to announce key casting as it builds the acting company for its monumental 2020 season.
Legendary Composer Alan Menken To Give Exclusive Stratford Concert
September 19, 2019
Alan Menken, the Oscar, Tony and Grammy Award-winning composer of such Disney classics as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, will headline Stratford's Meighen Forum on October 13 for an exclusive musical showcase.
Stratford Festival 2020 Announces 15 Plays, A New Theatre, and More
August 13, 2019
Colm Feore will utter the first words on the Stratford Festival's newest stage, an echo of the inaugural performance in 1953, when Alec Guinness's opening speech in Richard III anticipated the a?oeglorious summera?? that was to come for Stratford. Feore, an internationally acclaimed stage and screen actor, is just one of a diverse company of accomplished actors who will present a repertory season of 15 productions in four remarkable theatres.
THE CRUCIBLE Begins Previews On Stage at Stratford's Avon Theatre
August 01, 2019
Previews begin today for The Crucible, Arthur Miller's haunting dramatization of the Salem witch trials. Directed by Festival veteran Jonathan Goad, the production opens on Friday, August 16, at the Avon Theatre, marking the 12th and final production in the Festival's 67th season, which runs until November 10.
Coal Mine Theatre Announces Its Sixth Season
July 31, 2019
COAL MINE THEATRE, Toronto's Off-Off Broadview Theatre, has just announced its extraordinary Season Six. THE COAL MINE will stage four critically acclaimed, and Toronto premiere productions in 2019/2020, all presented in their singular and intimate eighty-seat theatre in the east end of Toronto.
BWW Review: Stratford's THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Will Leave you with a Smile on your Face and an Ache in your side from Laughing
June 03, 2019
Opening week at the Stratford Festival came to a close on Saturday evening with director Antoni Cimolino's production of Shakespeare's THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. Reimagined to take place in the early 1950's, this production is outrageously funny, with charming and distinctive performances by all involved.
Stratford Festival Frequently Asked Questions
What shows are coming up next at Stratford Festival
The Neverending Story (5/16-11/3)
Mother's Daughter (5/18-10/13)
Nathan the Wise (5/25-10/11)
The Crucible (7/22-11/17)
The Front Page (7/30-10/25)
Birds of a Kind (7/30-10/13)
Three Tall Women (6/1-10/18)
Wolf Hall (7/27-11/15)
Twelfth Night (10/22-10/22)
The Stratford Festival Ghost Tours Halloween Binge, with host Roy Lewis. (10/29-10/29)
Long Day's Journey Into Night (11/5-11/5)
Elizabeth Rex (11/19-11/19)
The Early Modern Cooking Show U.S. Thanksgiving Binge (11/26-11/26)
The Tempest (12/3-12/3)
Caesar and Cleopatra (12/10-12/10)
Romeo and Juliet (12/12-12/12)
The Merry Wives of Windsor (1/21-1/21)
The Taming of the Shrew (3/4-3/4)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (6/22-7/25)
Why We Tell the Story (6/24-7/11)
The Rez Sisters (7/13-8/15)
You Can’t Stop the Beat (7/15-7/31)
Play On! (7/29-8/15)
I Am William (8/4-9/5)
R + J (8/12-9/26)
Serving Elizabeth (8/24-9/26)
Serving Elizabeth (8/28-9/26)
Finally There’s Sun (9/9-9/26)
The African Company Presents Richard III (8/4-8/4)
Where is Stratford Festival located?
Stratford Festival is at 99 Downie Sreet, Stratford, ON , Stratford, ON.
What shows have played recently at Stratford Festival
Henry VIII (5/7/2019-10/12/2019)
Little Shop of Horrors (4/29/2019-11/2/2019)
Private Lives (4/24/2019-10/26/2019)
Billy Elliot (4/16/2019-11/3/2019)
The Sound of Music (5/5/2015-11/8/2015)
Jesus Christ Superstar (11/18/2011-1/1/2012)
Jesus Christ Superstar (5/2/2011-11/6/2011)