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Merry Wives of Windsor


William Shakespeare

Director: Jeremy Cleverley and Clare Lewis

24th - 28th June 2003

Open-Air Shakespeare set to the backdrop of Gawsworth Hall.

The Merry Wives of Windsor is one of the best loved of Shakespeare's comedies.

Its central character is Sir John Falstaff (it has been suggested that it was written on the order of Elizabeth I who wished to see Falstaff in love). Falstaff is flirting with two married women for financial gain. He sends identical love letters to Mrs Ford and Mrs Page and he ends up thrown in a dirty ditch and beaten while in disguise as the 'fat woman of Brainford' by Mr Ford. His final embarrassment at Herne's oak is the worst, however. While all this goes on there is the matter of Page's daughter to be dealt with. Her three suitors (Doctor Caius, Slender and young Fenton) try to win the approval of her parents but the true lover of Anne Page ends up the victor in hilarious circumstances.

PROLOGUE (a rememberance of times past)
Robert Shallow, Justice of the Peace Peter de la Wyche
Justice Silence Eric Smith
Sir John Falstaff Dave Midgley
George Page, a citizen of Windsor Martin Pritchard
Mistress Page, his wife Christina Theobald
Anne Page, their daughter Deborah Taylor
Frank Ford, another citzen of Windsor Victor Hassan
Mistress Ford, his wife June Janes
Sir Hugh Evans, a Welsh Parson Paul Lewis
Doctor Caius, a French physician,
suitor for the hand of Anne Page
Simon Taylor
Mistress Quickly, Doctor Caius' housekeeper Adele Taylor
John Rugby, Doctor Caius' manservant Toby Jones
The Host of the Garter Inn Brian Stoner
Fenton, a young gentleman,
suitor for the hand of Anne Page
Simon Caporn
Sir John Falstaff Dave Midgley
Robin, Falstaff's Page Lara Wells
Bardolph, follower of Falstaff Tom Thistleton
Pistol, follower of Falstaff Mark Jephcott
Nym, follower of Falstaff Eric Smith
Abraham Slender, Shallow's nephew,
suitor for the hand of Anne Page
Charlie Cook
Peter Simple, Slender's servant Geoffrey Martin
Lady of Windsor Daphne Martin
Ladies and Children of Windsor
Jane Anderson, Jill Damen, Robyn Forsyth, Olivia Jones, Caitlan Jones, Caroline Melliar-Smith, Sam Stevenson
Servants / ASMs
Julian Donald, Julia Rutherford, Matt Jones, Olivia Watkinson
Stage Manager Clare Lewis
ASM Liz Cook
Mary Pritchard
Jan Atkinson
Prompt Sheila Hine
Lighting and Sound Robin Watkinson
Properties Jill Damen
Violet Pope
Wardrobe Olive Bradbury
Pat Barrow and team
Choreography Alexandra Howarth
Choral Coach Chris McClory
Royal Shakespeare Co, Strafford
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Altrincham Garrick Theatre
The play is kindly sponsored by
Royal London Assurance