Go to Top

Tag Archives

Tag Archives: MerryWives

Katherina ‘the Shrew’ and Falstaff ‘the Cuckold’

Approaching Shakespeare’s plays with C21 assumptions about  cultural norms is fraught with risk. One interesting area is how communities deal with misfits.  Katherina (the Shrew and female) in The Taming of the Shrew,  and Falstaff (the Cuckold and male) in The Merry Wives of Windsor  are qute similar misfits in their respective societies (Windsor and  Padua).   Why are they similar?  Both live in bourgeois societies, not the usual setting of …Read More

Merry Wives of Windsor: Falstaff meets Mistress Quickly (A2S2)

One of my favourite comic scenes in Shakespeare is this scene between Mistress Quickly and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsors. Its charms are more subtle than the more obvious favourites, but it has enormous charm. In my view, more generally, The Merry Wives of Windsor is one of Shakespeare’s more under-rated plays. The context is as follows. Falstaff is broke, and is desparate for money. He decides to write love letters …Read More

Merry Wives of Windsor: Falstaff soliloquy (to Brook) in A3S5

In this scene, Falstaff tells Brook (Master Ford in disguise) how he was very nearly caught by Master Ford, trying to seduce Mistress Page. Luckily for him, Mistresses Ford and Page, hid him in a buckbasket (a laundry basket) and two servants took him in the buckbasket and threw him and the dirty clothes into the Thames. Of course, the scene is much funnier when Brook is present desparately hiding …Read More

Merry Wives – Cast List for 8 players

  This cast list provides parts for 8 players to read The Merry Wives of Windsor. Each player selects the Player No they’ve been allocated, and can choose to download an ebook (epub), or they can read their parts on the Internet in  Highlit text format, as they prefer.     FROM OUR SPONSORS…………………………………………………………………………………………….. [easy_ad_inject_5] …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….     To read your part  on the Internet, click on your Player No. below: Player 1:  (Ford, Slender) Player …Read More

Merry Wives – Cast list for 7 players

This cast list provides parts for 7 players to read The Merry Wives of Windsor. Each player selects the Player No they’ve been allocated, and can choose to download an ebook (epub), or they can read their parts online in  Highlit text format, as they prefer.   FROM OUR SPONSORS…………………………………………………………………………………………….. [easy_ad_inject_5] …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….       To read your part  on the Internet, click on your Player No. below: Player 1: (Falstaff, Dr_Caius, Robert) Player 2: (Mistress_Page, …Read More

Merry Wives – Cast list for 6 players

This cast list provides parts for 6 players to read The Merry Wives of Windsor.  Each player selects the Player No they’ve been allocated, and can choose to download an ebook (epub), or they can read their parts on the Internet in  Highlit text format. Note that with only six players, each player will be reading more than one main part. To help distinguish which part they’re reading at any one time, it may be …Read More

The Merry Wives of Windsor – Introduction

What sort of community is it that deals with conflict through deceit, shame, laughter and food?  Exploring the courtship of Anne Page in Shakespeare’s play, Sir John Falstaff and the Merry Wives may give us some clues. . But before we get to Anne Page, here’s an overview of the play. It is the only Shakespeare play set in a rural English town, Windsor, near the royal residence of Windsor Castle which only spreads …Read More

The Merry Wives of Windsor Cast list for 20 players (original cast)

This cast list is  derived  from T.J.King’s Casting Shakespeare’s Plays – London actors and their roles, 1590 – 1642. It is the original cast list of the First Folio edition, Assuming that the number of lines spoken are a rough indication of a character’s importance in the play, there are a few points of interest: Evans is the third largest male part, smaller only than Falstaff and Ford, but larger than Page. Mistress Quickly …Read More

Playreading Report: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Sun 13th Nov 2016

We ran a play-reading of The Merry Wives of Windsor here last Sunday. It was one of the best play-readings we’ve run, and I think we’ve learnt quite a bit about how to run play-readings. In addition, a number of our players discovered delight in a Shakespeare play that they hadn’t known up till now. So an exciting afternoon. . The Play-reading: A number of factors (last-minute change of play; delays in coming up …Read More

The Merry Wives of Windsor Cast list for 6 players

This cast list provides parts for 6 players to read The Merry Wives of Windsor.  Each player selects the Player No they’ve been allocated, and can choose to download an ebook to read on an Apple iPhone or iPad in iBooks, or they can read their parts online in  Highlit text format or Parts and Cues, as they prefer. Note that with only six players, each player will be reading more than one main …Read More

banner