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Merry Wives, The Musical

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the 2006 Royal Shakespeare Company’s musical production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Directed by Gregory Doran with Simon Callow as Falstaff and Judi Dench as Mistress Quickly.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
25 Jan 2007
Duration
180 (inc interval)

Credits

Director
Gregory Doran
Writer
Gregory Doran; Ranjit Bolt; William Shakespeare
Music
Paul Englishby
Production Design
Stephen Brimson Lewis
Choreographer
Michael Ashcroft
Cast
Simon CallowSir John Falstaff
Haydn GwynneMistress Margaret Page
Alexandra GilbreathMistress Alice Ford
Judi DenchMistress Quickly
Alistair McGowanFrank Ford
Anna LoweMaid
Brendan O’HeaPistol
Christopher ColleyJohn Rugby
Dominic ColchesterServant
Ian ConninghamNim
Ian Hughes (2)Sir Hugh Evans
Ian PirieBardolph
Jeffery DenchRobert Shallow
Lisa ThornerMaid
Martin CrewesFenton
Mary DohertyMaid
Matt CrossRobin
Paul ChahidiDoctor Caius
Rob EdwardsGeorge Page
Robert BurtHost of the Garter Inn
Scarlett StrallenAnne Page
Simon ThomasServant
Simon TrinderAbraham Slender
Tobias BeerPeter Simple

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Operas and Musicals
Historical period
No period
Plays
Merry Wives of Windsor, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Complete Works Festival (Stratford upon Avon 2006-7)
Related items
Night Waves [12/12/2006]

Notes

General
Desmond Barrit was originally cast as Falstaff but had to withdraw before the opening because of a foot injury.
History
The production played from 2 December 2006-10 February 2007.
Reviews
David Benedict New York Times (December 13 2006). Benedict writes - ‘As for the leads, Dench mines her material for truth and Callow battles gamely with the demands of the score from beneath an outsize fat suit. Neither of them, alas, truly convinces us that they wouldn’t be a whole lot happier doing the original play’.

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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