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The Merry Wives of Windsor

by William Shakespeare
directed by John Gilbert

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The nearest thing to sitcom Shakespeare ever wrote... and the perfect summer’s evening!

Written at Queen Elizabeth I’s command, this perennially enjoyable and rollicking farce offers laughs galore.  Sir John Falstaff – Shakespeare’s most-loved comic character – has a cunning plan to get both money and women.  But a frantically jealous husband, two feisty wives, idiotically funny foreigners, and the famous laundry-basket scene see him get his come-uppance instead.  Why not experience live theatre in the glorious outdoor setting of the Fountain Gardens on Twickenham Riverside?  Bring along your picnic chairs and rugs, lie back and enjoy the show, atmosphere and licensed bar.  Our annual open air production promises to be a sell-out yet again, so please book your tickets early.

We're experiencing an issue with our ticket booking system (positickets) where by some performances are showing sold out when they aren't.  If you are trying to purchase tickets and experiencing problems please contact the box office 020 8744 0547 (between 10 am and 7 pm only please)

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Weather Policy:

Performances will be cancelled only in extreme weather conditions and you are therefore advised to come prepared. If a performance is cancelled, the decision to cancel will not be taken until 7.45pm: if a performance has to be abandoned before the interval, this will count as a cancellation: refunds will be offered only in the event of cancellation. Your Statutory Rights are not affected.

The performance on Thursday 25th July will be "Captioned"
Captioning converts the spoken word into text which is displayed on a caption unit situated on or next to the stage. As well as dialogue, the captions also include the name of the character who is speaking or singing and descriptions of any sound effects or music. Captioning is a service for anyone who may have difficulty hearing or understanding the audible elements of a performance.

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Sunday 21 to Saturday 27 July 2013
Performances start at 7:45p.m. There is also a matinee at 3p.m. on Saturday 27th • Wed 24 July No performance

Generously supported by the RFU

Generously supported by the RFU

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Other past productions

  1. All My Sons - Arthur Miller
  2. Punk Rock & Bassett - Simon Stephens & James Graham
  3. Hedda Gabler - Henrik Ibsen
  4. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  5. Journey’s End - R C Sherriff
  6. Larkin with Women - Ben Brown
  7. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  8. Joking Apart - Alan Ayckbourn
  9. The 39 Steps - John Buchan (Adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon)
  10. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  11. Romeo and Juliet - A Senior Youth Theatre Production - William Shakespeare
  12. Bette and Joan - Anton Burge
  13. The Railway Children (stage version) - E. Nesbit adapted by Mike Kenny
  14. Richard II - William Shakespeare
  15. Kindertransport - Diane Samuels
  16. The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  17. The Death of Miss Gloria Starr - Devised by the cast
  18. Metamorphosis - Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka
  19. The Seagull - Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts
  20. The History of Cardenio - William Shakespeare, John Fletcher and Gary Taylor
  21. The Snow Dragons - Lizzie Nunnery
  22. The Weir - Conor McPherson
  23. Oh! What a Lovely War - Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop
  24. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
  25. Tom and Viv - Michael Hastings
  26. As You Like It - William Shakespeare
  27. Toad of Toad Hall - A. A. Milne - A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Music by H Fraser-Simson
  28. Collaborators - John Hodge
  29. Boeing-Boeing - Marc Camoletti translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
  30. We Are Three Sisters - Blake Morrison
  31. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO - Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi’s original tale
  32. The White Devil - John Webster
  33. The Adventures of Dick Whittington and his Cat - Dickon Williamson
  34. King Lear - William Shakespeare
  35. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  36. Coraline - from the novel by Neil Gaiman
  37. Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams
  38. All’s Well that Ends Well - William Shakespeare
  39. The Government Inspector - Nikolai Gogol, adapted by D. J. Campbell
  40. Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton
  41. Egad! The Woman in White - Tim Kelly
  42. Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
  43. Master Shakeshafte - Peter Parkinson
  44. Love’s Labour’s Lost - William Shakespeare
  45. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple and David Tushingham
  46. From These Green Heights - Dermot Bolger
  47. Othello - William Shakespeare
  48. Blood Wedding (Youth Theatre) - Federico García Lorca - Translation by Gwynne Edwards
  49. The Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
  50. A Tender Thing - Ben Power
  51. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  52. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
  53. Educating Rita - Willy Russell
  54. Robin Hood - David Barrett
  55. Double Bill: Leonardo’s Last Supper and Laughter (Part II) - Peter Barnes
  56. Designs on Ladies - Georges Feydeau, translated by David King, adapted by Rodney Figaro
  57. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco, translated by Martin Crimp
  58. Once in a Lifetime - Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
  59. The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan
  60. Dracula - Liz Lochhead adapted from Bram Stoker's novel
  61. Henry VIII or All is True (staged reading) - William Shakespeare & John Fletcher
  62. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin jr.
  63. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  64. Around The World in 8 Plays - Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello
  65. In the Club - Richard Bean
  66. Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
  67. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, adapted by Jo Clifford
  68. Peter Pan - JM Barrie (John Caird and Trevor Nunn)
  69. Taking Sides - Ronald Harwood
  70. Aladdin - John Crocker - Music & Lyrics by Eric Gilder
  71. Little Gem - Elaine Murphy
  72. Vita & Virginia - Eileen Atkins
    adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
  73. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  74. Tom Paine - Paul Foster
  75. Youth Theatre Double Bill - Will Averill: Cinderella: Or How Pipsqueak the Mouse Became a Stallion. 'Crinkley Bottom............' was devised in-house
  76. Gormenghast - John Constable adapted from the novel by Mervyn Peake
  77. This Story of Yours - John Hopkins
  78. King John - William Shakespeare
  79. Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
  80. Fallen Angels - Noel Coward
  81. A Month in the Country - Ivan Turgenev - adapted into English by Emlyn Williams
  82. Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
  83. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  84. A Vampire Story - Moira Buffini
  85. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll - dramatised by Adrian Mitchell
  86. The Odd Couple (female version) - Neil Simon
  87. The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Martin McDonagh
  88. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
  89. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
  90. Gaslight - Patrick Hamilton
  91. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare
  92. Iron - Rona Munro
  93. Confusions - Alan Ayckbourn
  94. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
Richmond Shakespeare Society
The Mary Wallace Theatre The Embankment,
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU
Box Office 07484 927 662
(between 10 am and 7 pm only please)

“Praising what is lost, makes the remembrance dear” All's Well That Ends Well, Act v, Sc.3