THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR 2012

14-30 JUNE 2012

The Merry Wives of Windsor

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

The Public Reviews

 

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 suburban 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.

Our production of The Merry Wives of Windsor was staged in the beautiful Castle Gardens, beneath the magnificent oak tree in the castle gardens.

This production also saw the arrival of actors Chris Porter and Morgan Philpott who have gone on to appear in so many of our shows since.

 

“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

COMPANY

MISTRESS PAGE Johanne Murdock

GEORGE PAGE Chris Porter

ANNE PAGE Katy Phipps 

MISTRESS FORD Sarah Gobran

FRANK FORD Morgan Philpott

SIR JOHN FALSTAFF Michael Geary

PISTOL/DR CAUIS Alex Scott Fairley

NYM/PETER SIMPLE David Marken

HOST OF THE GARTER INN/ABRAHAM SLENDER Jack Bannell 

SIR HUGH EVANS/MASTER FENTON Matt Pinches

MISTRESS QUICKLY Louise Best

 
 
 

ARTISTIC TEAM

Director & Adaptor Caroline Devlin

Designer 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

Photography Mike Eddowes

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