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Shakespeare: The Merry Wives Of Windsor (Christopher Benjamin/ Serena Evans/ Sarah Woodward) [Globe on Screen] [DVD]  [NTSC]
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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.
"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)
CastChristopher 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: OA1079DDate of Performance: 2010Running Time: 145 minutesSound: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTSAspect Ratio: 16:9 AnamorphicSubtitles: EN, DELabel: Opus Arte
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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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.
I hope the Globe Theatre will put more of their productioins on the market as I can't get to London easily.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this to be competent, but uninspiring. Shakespeare had obviously not yet fleshed out the Falstaff character as he had in later plays. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mark B
Lovely production, a right royal 'romp' in the proper Shakespearean manner!Published 23 months ago by Mrs Susan C Burslem