14-30 JUNE 2012


GSC's recipe for the perfect open-air comedy:

Take a garrulous old rogue and a jealous husband and beat until light and fluffy; add two well-respected wives and a wash-basket; to this pour in equal measures of useless Welsh parson and outrageous French doctor; finally add a dash of young love and a sprinkling of good humour. Bake for 2 hours until the jealous husband is crispy on both sides and then serve piping hot with lashings of 1950s music, dance and feather-dusters! Bon Appétit!

With speculation that the play was written by Royal Command for Elizabeth I, and with our present Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, this open-air production tipped a wink to the royal connection with an early 1950s setting. 2012 was also the summer of the London Olympics and a sense British pride swept the country, and so we set our production in June 1953, the morning of the Queen's coronation.

Staged in the beautiful Castle Gardens, beneath the magnificent oak tree in the castle gardens.

Directed by Caroline Devlin, and designed by Sarah Bacon.


“One of the most joyful and entertaining productions of Shakespeare you could wish to see" The Public Reviews

“This is Guildford Shakespeare Company doing what they do best –a riotous comedy" The Shakespeare Revue

“You could not have a more exhilarating, Fun-filled evening than this” British Theatre Guide


Photography by Mike Eddowes


Mistress Page                                            
Johanne Murdock

George Page, her husband                      
Chris Porter

Anne Page, their daughter                        
Katy Phipps 

Mistress Ford                                             
Sarah Gobran

Frank Ford, her husband                          
Morgan Philpott

Sir John Falstaff                                        
Michael Geary

Pistol, friend of Falstaff                             
Alex Scott Fairley

Nym, friend of Falstaff                                
David Marken

Host of the Garter Inn                              
Jack Bannell 

Abraham Slender, suitor to Anne           
Jack Bannell

Peter Simple, his servant                         
David Marken

Sir Hugh Evans, a Welsh parson           
Matt Pinches 

Dr Caius, suitor to Anne                            
Alex Scott Fairley

Mistress Quickly, his housekeeper        
Louise Best

Master Fenton, suitor to Anne                 
Matt Pinches

Director & Adaptor
Caroline Devlin

Sarah Bacon

Movement Director
Aidan Treays

Sound Designer
Matt Eaton

Fight Director
Jeremy Barlow

Company Stage Manager
Kerrie Driscoll

Deputy Stage Manager
Elaine Yeung

Assistant Stage Manager
Beth Sweeney

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