The Merry Wives of Windsor at Barbican Theatre tickets
The Merry Wives of Windsor at Barbican Theatre tickets

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About the show

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: No under 5s

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 45 mins (including interval)
Opened: 07 Dec 2018
Booking from: 01 Jan 2019
Booking until: 05 Jan 2019

Location and map

Barbican Theatre
Silk Street
London, EC2Y 8DS

9 Reviews Add review

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

kimr 160 cm, 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Learslostwife 5'4", 22 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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

kimr 160 cm, 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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... More

joc78 5"4, 380 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Permanentrose 5"4, 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes

ccix 83 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Brilliant and funny

kwarnock7 5'4, 179 reviews, 0 helpful votes

oughttobeclowns 5'7, 360 reviews, 36 helpful votes

Modern fantastic Shakespeare

kwarnock7 5'4, 179 reviews, 0 helpful votes