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Shakespeare: The Merry Wives Of Windsor (Christopher Benjamin/ Serena Evans/ Sarah Woodward) [Globe on Screen] [DVD] [2010] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Christopher Benjamin, Serena Evans, Sarah Woodwardm Nathan Amzi, Gareth Armstrong, William Belchambers
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 2 July 2012
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00881GSGI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,179 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

The only one of Shakespeare's plays to be set within his own class and country, The Merry Wives of Windsor is a farcical tale centring on the wily attempts of Sir John Falstaff to relieve his drinking debts through swindling and seduction. Featuring Christopher Benjamin in the title role, deftly supported by Serena Evans and Sarah Woodward as the scheming Mistress Page and Mistress Ford, this critically-acclaimed production was described by the Daily Telegraph as brimming with ‘humanity, ingenuity and irresistible charm’. A performance guaranteed to entertain.

Press Reviews

"This revival of Christopher Luscombe's lively 2008 production is the perfect addition to the Globe's 2010 Kings and Rogues season and is arguably the most accessible to a contemporary audience." (The Stage)
"‘Audiences tend to adore this play, in which Shakespeare genially celebrates his own middle-class English provincial background and seeks to do nothing more than entertain – which he does, splendidly. The Merry Wives, with its ridiculous foreigners, jealous husbands and scenes of low farce, keeps you chuckling almost throughout." (The Daily Telegraph)
Cast
Christopher Benjamin (Sir John Falstaff)
Philip Bird (Dr. Caius)
Sue Wallace (Mistress Quickly)
Gregory Gudgeon (Nym)
Michael Garner (George Page)
Serena Evans (Meg Page)


Stage Director: Christopher Luscombe
Catalogue Number: OA1079D
Date of Performance: 2010
Running Time: 145 minutes
Sound: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: EN, DE
Label: Opus Arte

Review

This revival of Christopher Luscombes lively 2008 production is the perfect addition to the Globes 2010 Kings and Rogues season and is arguably the most accessible to a contemporary audience. --The Stage

Audiences tend to adore this play, in which Shakespeare genially celebrates his own middle-class English provincial background and seeks to do nothing more than entertain which he does, splendidly. The Merry Wives, with its ridiculous foreigners, jealous husbands and scenes of low farce, keeps you chuckling almost throughout. --The Telegraph

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This is a wonderful example of the sheer quality of these performances recorded at the Globe theatre. This particular play is one of the funniest of the Shakespearian comedies and this production and performance does not disappoint.

It would be invidious to single out any one or more actors for particular praise and far fairer to summarise by commenting that there is not only no weak spot but that the whole exuberant experience is a delight from start to finish and is projected at a terrific pace.

As usual, the musicians are also of the highest quality and no small part of the success of the venture. Their blend of the authentic Elizabethan instruments juxtaposed with the very unauthentic jazzy style of music making is frequently deliciously anarchic in effect and perfectly matches the high jinks taking place on the stage.

The recording is exemplary and this is simply a wonderful disc in every way.
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Great fun! it is good to see Shakespeare's plays without embellsihments or modern interpretations.
I hope the Globe Theatre will put more of their productioins on the market as I can't get to London easily.
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Thoroughly enjoyable traditional production of a very amusing play. The 'slap-stick' comedy is excellent, and the verbal word-play clear. Good quality DVD,visually and audio.
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Incredible, I loved every minute. A great version. I look forward to seeing more Globe productions. I like that you offer your Dvds with English subtitles. I'm hearing impaired so this feature enhances me appreciation of Shakespeare. The ones sold here in the states don't have them.
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If you like Shakespeare you will love this. Shakespeare as it is meant to be seen. Great performances. Loved it.
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A delightful production of a Shakespeare play that very often fails for a number of reasons. It really is great fun.
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