THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR 2012
14 - 30 June
“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 of 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.
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
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
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