MERRY WIVES - THE SITCOM!

From 20 December on a small screen near you! Booking open from 30 November.

Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted by Caroline Devlin | Directed for screen by Charlotte Conquest

Shakespeare's hilarious small-town comedy, re-imagined as a 1970s British sitcom, based on our Summer 2019 stage production.

4 episodes, filmed in isolation during the various stages of lockdown in 2020.

"Pure enjoyment from beginning to end" 

British Theatre Guide on GSC’s 2019 production of The Merry Wives of Windsor

DATES, TIMES & TICKETS

AVAILABLE TO BOOK FROM TUES 30 NOVEMBER.

£20 for all Four Episodes

There are TWO ways to watch:

Option 1:

Buy a ticket for the Zoom Premier on Monday 20 December at 7pm. This will kick off with a 30 minute live chat with the directors and actors (including GSC co-founder Sarah Gobran), then watch the first episode along with everyone else (watching together, but not together as it were).

You will then receive an email with a link to all four episodes, to watch at your leisure (available to view until 20 February).

Please note: We have a limited number of tickets for the Zoom Premier so recommend booking soon. Booking opens on Tuesday 30 November.

Option 2:

Buy a ticket for all four episodes to watch whenever you want (available to view until 20 February).

For this option, please select the performance date 21 December, 7pm – this is when the episodes will be emailed to you but can be watched at any time until 20 February.

See Frequently Asked Questions below for more details

ABOUT

Our hit feel-good 2019 production reimagined as a 70s sitcom – what’s not to love?!

Filmed by our actors completely independently during 2020’s various lockdowns, and brought together with some miraculous editing across four half-hour episodes, this unique take on The Merry Wives of Windsor is fabulous fun. It’s also a great way to support the arts and the actors involved, with all profits being split between the actors who gave up their spare time to film it.

Falstaff is down on his luck, and needs cash. And what better way to get some than by seducing Mrs Page and Mrs Ford, the wives of rich men? But these ‘Merry Wives’ are quick witted and game for a laugh, and Falstaff will soon find the tables turned against him…

Big, bold and brash (think Abigail’s Party meets ‘Allo ‘Allo), this rollicking romp of egos, envy and avarice, is hugely entertaining; the perfect pre-Christmas ‘Shakespeare-with-a-twist’ treat.

SCREENSHOTS

COMPANY

Sarah Gobran

Mistress Page    

Chris Porter 

George Page                                               

Francesca Baker

Anne Page                                                   

Emma Fenney

Mistress Ford                                               

James Burton

Frank Ford                                                    

Peter Gordon

Sir John Falstaff                                          

Nathan Ives-Moiba

Pistol                                                             

Paula James

Host of The Railway Tavern                      

Tom Richardson

Abraham Slender                                       

Matt Pinches

Sir Hugh Evans                                           

Alex Scott Fairley

Dr Caius                                                       

Rosalind Blessed

Mistress Quickly                                          

Daniel Abbott

Master Fenton                                             

Servants played by Daniel Barzotti & Vincent Conquest


Film Adaptation

Adapted for film by Caroline Devlin

Directed for film by Caroline Devlin & Charlotte Conquest

Original Music & Sound by Matt Eaton

Editing & Graphic Design by Charlotte Conquest


Original Stage Production

Adaptor & Director Caroline Devlin
Designer Neil Irish
Lighting Designer Mark Dymock
Sound Designer Matt Eaton
Fight Director Philip d’Orléans
Associate Designer Anett Black
Assistant Director Indiana Lown Collins
GSC Company Stage Manager Beth Mann
Production Manager Chris Wilson
Deputy Stage Manager Elaine Yeung
Production Assistant Jessica Dudley
Design Assistant Lucy Bond

Staged on location at Guildford Model Railway, July 2019.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

HOW DO I WATCH THIS?

20 December, 7pm Premier of Episode 1

This will be live streamed using Zoom. You can watch on your phone or tablet, though we recommend using a laptop or PC/Mac for better quality. Whatever you choose to view it on, we recommend you download Zoom to your device first - it is free and follow the instructions on one of the links below. Do this in advance of the production so that you can check everything is working correctly. Email us if you have any questions, or visit the Zoom Help Centre. DOWNLOAD ZOOM (select 'Zoom Client for Meetings').

On the morning of the 20 December, you will receive a link and password for the Zoom Premier that evening. After the premier you will then receive an email with the vimeo links and password for each of the episodes to watch at your leisure.

From 21 December at 7pm - Episodes 1 -4

All episodes of Merry Wives - The Sitcom will be available to watch via Vimeo. You do not need to download Vimeo or any specialist software to watch this. You can watch on your phone or tablet, though we recommend using a laptop or PC/Mac for better quality. You will receive a link and password for each episode by email on 21 December.


CAN I WATCH VIMEO AND ZOOM ON MY TV*

You may be able to watch these episodes on your TV if you can connect your device to it.
For laptops, if your TV has a HDMI port, you can connect your laptop to your TV using one of these.

Simply identify the HDMI ports on your TV and laptop, then connect the two devices together using a HDMI cable (you can purchase these from most electrical stores and larger supermarkets). On your TV select either HDMI 1 or HDMI 2 as the source, depending on whether you have anything else plugged in.

Then turn on your laptop and your desktop screen should now be on your TV screen. You can use your laptop to log in to Vimeo or Zoom and watch the show on your big screen.

Here’s a more in-depth guide on how to connect your laptop to your TV
How to connect your Phone to your TV
How to connect your Tablet to your TV
How to connect via AppleTV

The above links are from external providers, freely available on the internet, and GSC are not responsible for any incorrect information.*We cannot guarantee that you’ll be able to connect your device to your TV, and GSC take no responsibility if you cannot do so. We strongly advise you to test your devices BEFORE the show begins to ensure everything is working properly.


CAN I SHARE MY LINK WITH OTHER PEOPLE?

NO. The unique link you get in the email we send you will be for you and the performance you have booked for.

If you have booked for more than one household you may share this link with them but YOU MUST COPY US IN when you send them the link and include their names. Please use [email protected] when copying us in. This is so that we know who is attending the performance. If we see a name or email address that we do not recognise we may not admit them.


WHY IS CAPACITY LIMITED ON 20 DECEMBER?

We're committed to bringing you the very best experience we can, but with limited staff numbers we have to restrict the number of devices to ensure we can manage any technical difficulties that may arise.

WILL THERE BE ASSISTED PERFORMANCES?

It is with great regret that we are unable to provide assisted performances of these episodes. For a transcript of the show, do get in touch.


CAN I WATCH THIS OUTSIDE THE UK?

Absolutely! Please note that the Zoom premiere will take place at 7pm GMT.

I BOUGHT MY TICKET BUT I'VE NOT HEARD FROM YOU

Please check your SPAM/JUNK folder - some internet providers' firewalls mean that our automated emails sometimes do not always get through. Also, please check your email confirmation - the email on here will be the email that you gave at the time of booking, and is what we will use to contact you.

If you need further assistance, please email us

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