The Merry Wives of Windsor London Reviews and Tickets
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About the Show
Elle While directs a new production of Shakespeare's comedy about marriage, money, and deceit.
When Sir John Falstaff falls on hard financial times, he seeks to turn his money troubles around by wooing the wealthy Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. The new production is directed by Elle While (Hamlet, As You Like It). The cast includes Olivier Award nominated actress, Bryony Hannah (Call the Midwife, The Children’s Hour) as Mistress Ford, Pearce Quigley (Detectorists, Hamlet, As You Like It) as Falstaff, and Sarah Finigan (Suffragette, Upstart Crow, Globe on Tour).
Shaking your fist at this play’s ridiculousness is...pointless...The only thing for it is to enjoy some of its most memorable moments...a comedy that’s lost some of its jokes but none of its central poignancy.'
...this 1930s-set production directed by Elle While wisely embraces [the play's] fluffiness and proves a popular crowd-pleaser. It takes a very free hand with the text, with many of the biggest laughs coming from additions.'
Like fighting fire with fire, the Globe has taken Shakespeare’s silliest comedy and made it even sillier...In the scrummage to squeeze out the laughs, the storytelling becomes a little muddy...'