- Venue: Quarry Theatre
- Duration: N/A
- Age Guidance: 12+
More Information on The Merry Wives (2016)
Sir John Falstaff is past-his-prime and skint!
Vain rogue that he is, he attempts, rather clumsily, to seduce a couple of well-to-do wives… but Mistress Page and Mistress Ford get wise to his plan and scheme to exact revenge with hilarious and unimaginable consequences.
If you like your Shakespeare light, funny and wickedly entertaining then look no further. The Merry Wives is bursting at the seams with verbal fun, physical comedy and a bevy of cunningly colourful characters.
Northern Broadsides’ distinctive charisma and zest for performance squeezes every last ounce of comedy gold from this affectionately calamitous tale that will tickle your funny bone and poke a jovial finger in the eye of middle England.
Cast & Credits
Writer William Shakespeare / Director Barrie Rutter /
Northern Broadsides, in partnership with the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme
“ If there is a Shakespearean role which is tailormade for Barrie Rutter, it is the lovable rogue Falstaff.”
“ Northern Broadsides can bring Shakespeare to life as gripping, accessible theatre for today simply by making the words sing”
“ this is just cheerfully silly fun”
“ Northern Broadsides have a vigorous aesthetic, a way of doing Shakespeare that is revelatory”
“ Nicola Sanderson and Becky Hindley are outstanding”
“ This is acting so immediate, so alarmingly intimate....it becomes difficult to believe that anyone could be only pretending”
“ Another success for Northern Broadsides which has come up with a rich domestic comedy to celebrate the genius of our premier playwright”
“ Outstanding Shakespeare: Shakespeare to get excited about and to thrill the senses”
“ This is a company which can deliver comedy with a deft hand”
“ The ensemble is the thing, and the sheer dedication and drive of the company finally takes your breath away, pushing you to your feet come curtain call”
“ Here is the true, beating heart of British theatre”
“ laugh-out-loud comedy”
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- - Post Show Discussion
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- - Parent & Baby Performance