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Down on his luck and eager to refill his purse, Sir John Falstaff devises a romantic scheme to solve his financial woes. What could possibly go wrong when the oh-so clever bon vivant sends identical love letters to two married ladies? Plenty, when the merry wives of Windsor unite in mischief to avenge the would-be libertine’s impertinence. When a couple of rash, jealous husbands and two sweet young lovers join the imbroglio, calamity is inevitable. The play is filled with boisterous pranks and clever parody right up to Sir John’s comeuppance – or will Falstaff ultimately get the last laugh?
Written around 1597, The Merry Wives of Windsor gives Shakespeare’s most unforgettable personality, Falstaff, his own tale. Rumored to have been written at the specific request of Queen Elizabeth, Merry Wives has become one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy and only farce. From the wily, witty Mistresses Ford and Page, to a jealous husband, and to its larger-than-life main man, the play features a plethora of riotous characters. Shakespeare’s talent as a producer is well evidenced in this hilarious romp where both those on stage and in the audience are ensured a thoroughly delightful time.