Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance in a theatrical romp involving petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos. For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor!
The Merry Wives of Windsor is a comedy by William Shakespeare first published in 1602, though believed to have been written sometime earlier, perhaps around 1597. The Windsor of the play’s title is a reference to the town of Windsor, also the location of Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, England. Though nominally set in the reign of Henry IV, the play makes no pretense to exist outside contemporary Elizabethan era English middle class life. It features the character Sir John Falstaff, the fat knight who had previously been featured in Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2. The play is one of Shakespeare’s lesser-regarded works among literary critics, but is still popular among theater-goers, even in today’s world, centuries later.
Join enthusiastic lovers of the works of The Bard – whether they be historical, romantic comedy or tragedy – in the one-year-old Englestad theater on the Cedar City campus of Southern Utah University on alternating nights, with some matinee performances, between June 28 and September 8. Tickets are available online at www.bard.org.
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