British Black and Asian Shakespeare Performance Database
The Merry Wives of Windsor (2012): Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
PrThe Merry Wives of Windsor (2012)
PRINCIPAL CAST: Desmond Barrit (Sir John Falstaff); Anita Dobson (Mistress Quickly); Paapa Essiedu (Fenton); Alexandra Gilbreath (Mistress Ford); Martin Hyder (Master Page); Sylvestra le Touzel (Mistress Page); John Ramm (Master Ford).
This production ran from 25 October 2012 - 12 January 2013.
"Phillip Breen's stylish modern-dress production takes us to a well-heeled village, a cleverly sketched place of Boden clothing, Hunter wellies and attractive houses with lit pumpkins in the window." ~ Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard, 2 November 2012, in Theatre Record 2012, Issue 22
"Watching Phillip Breen's delightful new production, set in 2012 in a town that might best be described as Windsor-on-Avon, there are passages that put one in mind of such TV classics as Fawlty Towers and The Good Life. The production has been wittily designed by Max Jones, and features a Citroen 2CV pootling round the stage and a cosy English pub in which Falstaff is discovered sleeping on the pool table after a heavy night." ~ Charles Spencer, "Uproarious fun in Shakespeare's sitcom", Daily Telegraph, 5 November 2012
"John Ramm is also the funniest Ford since Ben Kingsley: his jealousy leads him into a gleaming mania, as when he hisses venomously at a totally empty buck-basket in which he thinks Falstaff is secreted, yet there is also an edge of pathos to his delusion." ~ Michael Billington, The Guardian, 3 November 2012, in Theatre Record 2012, Issue 22
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