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Merry Wives of Windsor, The

Synopsis
Video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1985 production of The Merry Wives of Windsor set in the 1950s. Directed by Bill Alexander. Peter Jeffrey as Falstaff.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
11 Nov 1985
Duration
174 mins

Credits

Director
Bill Alexander
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Jeremy Sams
Production Design
William Dudley
Cast
Peter JeffreySir John Falstaff
Janet DaleMistress Margaret Page
Lindsay DuncanMistress Alice Ford
Sheila SteafelMistress Quickly
Nicky HensonFrank Ford
Alexander BruceSir Hugh Evans
Alexander WilsonJohn Rugby
Arnold YarrowRobert Shallow
Bernard HorsfallNim
Campbell MorrisonPistol
David BradleyDoctor Caius
Francine MorganAnne Page
Graham Turner (1)Peter Simple
Graham Turner (1)Peter Simple
Hugh SimonTeddy Boy
Ian TalbotAbraham Slender
Justin MeadsRobin
Michael MurrayBardolph
Michael SandfordWilliam Page
Paul SpenceFenton
Paul WebsterGeorge Page
Penelope FreemanBarmaid
Penny RyderWoman in Street
Richard ConwayMan in Street
Roger HyamsRobert
Russell BoultreJohn
Timothy Sullivan (2)William Page
Tony Higgins (2)Robin
Trevor MartinHost of the Garter Inn

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
1950s
Plays
Merry Wives of Windsor, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

History
Press night 3 April 1985. The production transferred to the Barbican.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Textual information
Text used in the production is based on a combination of the Quarto and Folio texts.
Reviews
Berkowitz, Gerald M. Shakespeare Bulletin 3, no. 5 (1985), pp19-20.

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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