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    Fiona Laird directs the Royal Shakespeare Company’s updated version of The Merry Wives of Windsor, transferring to the Barbican Theatre as part of the RSC’s London Season. One of Shakespeare’s finest comedies, the production follows Falstaff, Shakespeare’s overweight, ale-quaffing letch, who was the most popular character in his Henry IV plays.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor sees Falstaff arrive in Windsor, running short of funds. Quickly, he hatches a plan to seduce some of the town’s wealthiest women, completely ignoring that they are already married. After sending them identical love letters, the two women plot to take Falstaff down a peg or two. As the aging knight isn’t the brightest of people, he easily falls for their schemes in this uproarious comedy.

    Catapulted into modern times, this adaptation sees the characters plunged into the depths of reality TV. The Merry Wives of Windsor is directed by Fiona Laird, whose credits span the National Theatre, Old Vic and Menier Chocolate Factory, and features design by Les Brotherston, lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Gregory Clarke and choreography by Sam Spencer-Lane, with music also by Laird.

    RSC Associate Artist David Troughton plays Falstaff, following an acclaimed performance in the company’s Titus Andronicus last year. Troughton has extensive RSC credits, as well as the Old Vic, Young Vic and in the West End. Television appearances include The Hollow Crown, Casualty and Outnumbered.

    One of Shakespeare’s most fun, frivolous comedies, the RSC revival is an opportunity to catch one of the Bard’s rarely-staged plays. Playing as part of the theatre company’s highly-anticipated London Season, which also includes Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, the production runs at the Barbican Theatre for a strictly limited season. The Merry Wives of Windsor plays from 7 December 2018 to 5 January 2019.

    Performance dates: 01 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2019

    Running time: 2 hours 45 mins (including interval)

    Age recommendation: No under 5s

    Special notice: This hilarious comedy is great for those who don’t like heavy theatre, and for those who prefer updated versions of Shakespeare plays. It’s also worth seeing for those who are familiar with Shakespeare, but haven’t had a chances to catch this particular comedy.

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    Latest audience reviews

    An excellent production, full of energy and laughs. David Troughton, Rebecca Lacey and Beth Cordingly... More

    kimr 23 Dec 2018

    An excellent production, full of energy and laughs. David Troughton, Rebecca Lacey and Beth Cordingly were excellent in their roles. I enjoyed the show so much I saw it twice!

    kimr 23 Dec 2018
    Learslostwife 06 Jan 2019

    A very lively, fast paced production in modern dress with Elizabethan breeches and ruffs adding a nod... More

    kimr 15 Dec 2018

    A very lively, fast paced production in modern dress with Elizabethan breeches and ruffs adding a nod to that era. The production is full of humour and thoroughly enjoyable.

    kimr 15 Dec 2018

    This was a bit of a surreal experience as I felt I was watching an episode of The Only Way is Essex or... More

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer03 Jan 2019

    This was a bit of a surreal experience as I felt I was watching an episode of The Only Way is Essex or Birds of a Feather! At times very funny, I found the play to be a bit too pantomime-esque for me and slightly over the top! As it was an RSC production, the acting was of a very high standard

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer03 Jan 2019
    Permanentrose 13 Dec 2018
    dali21 Top 200 reviewer13 Dec 2018
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