A tale of wit, farce, trickery and true love

One of Shakespeare’s best-loved comic characters, Sir John Falstaff, is again set to seduce audiences in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

The play comes to the Devonshire Park Theatre, from Thursday, October 24 to Saturday 26 and will be presented by Creative Cow, in association with Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

It is said when Queen Elizabeth I saw Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1, she laughed so much at the character of Sir John Falstaff she ordered his continued existence at her court! The result was The Merry Wives of Windsor- with helpings of wit, broad farce, trickery and true love.

Less often performed than some of Shakespeare’s comedies and written mostly in prose instead of verse or poetry, this a welcome chance to see this fast-paced and consummately skilled production by a fresh young theatre company.

The plot is built around the puffed up and degenerate Sir John Falstaff, a Knight of the Garter, who is seized with the outrageous idea that to seduce two of Windsor’s wealthy merry wives will prove his virility and give him access to their money.

Assignations are made, but with female cunning and a devilish plot involving their husbands, Falstaff is repeatedly tricked by the women.