THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR 2012
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
George Page, her husband
Anne Page, their daughter
Frank Ford, her husband
Sir John Falstaff
Pistol, friend of Falstaff
Alex Scott Fairley
Nym, friend of Falstaff
Host of the Garter Inn
Abraham Slender, suitor to Anne
Peter Simple, his servant
Sir Hugh Evans, a Welsh parson
Dr Caius, suitor to Anne
Alex Scott Fairley
Mistress Quickly, his housekeeper
Master Fenton, suitor to Anne
Director & Adaptor
Company Stage Manager
Deputy Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager