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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. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  2. Joking Apart - Alan Ayckbourn
  3. The 39 Steps - John Buchan (Adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon)
  4. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  5. Romeo and Juliet - A Senior Youth Theatre Production - William Shakespeare
  6. Bette and Joan - Anton Burge
  7. The Railway Children (stage version) - E. Nesbit adapted by Mike Kenny
  8. Richard II - William Shakespeare
  9. Kindertransport - Diane Samuels
  10. The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  11. The Death of Miss Gloria Starr - Devised by the cast
  12. Metamorphosis - Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka
  13. The Seagull - Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts
  14. The History of Cardenio - William Shakespeare, John Fletcher and Gary Taylor
  15. The Snow Dragons - Lizzie Nunnery
  16. The Weir - Conor McPherson
  17. Oh! What a Lovely War - Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop
  18. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
  19. Tom and Viv - Michael Hastings
  20. As You Like It - William Shakespeare
  21. Toad of Toad Hall - A. A. Milne - A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Music by H Fraser-Simson
  22. Collaborators - John Hodge
  23. Boeing-Boeing - Marc Camoletti translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
  24. We Are Three Sisters - Blake Morrison
  25. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO - Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi’s original tale
  26. The White Devil - John Webster
  27. The Adventures of Dick Whittington and his Cat - Dickon Williamson
  28. King Lear - William Shakespeare
  29. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  30. Coraline - from the novel by Neil Gaiman
  31. Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams
  32. All’s Well that Ends Well - William Shakespeare
  33. The Government Inspector - Nikolai Gogol, adapted by D. J. Campbell
  34. Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton
  35. Egad! The Woman in White - Tim Kelly
  36. Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
  37. Master Shakeshafte - Peter Parkinson
  38. Love’s Labour’s Lost - William Shakespeare
  39. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple and David Tushingham
  40. From These Green Heights - Dermot Bolger
  41. Othello - William Shakespeare
  42. Blood Wedding (Youth Theatre) - Federico García Lorca - Translation by Gwynne Edwards
  43. The Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
  44. A Tender Thing - Ben Power
  45. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  46. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
  47. Educating Rita - Willy Russell
  48. Robin Hood - David Barrett
  49. Double Bill: Leonardo’s Last Supper and Laughter (Part II) - Peter Barnes
  50. Designs on Ladies - Georges Feydeau, translated by David King, adapted by Rodney Figaro
  51. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco, translated by Martin Crimp
  52. Once in a Lifetime - Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
  53. The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan
  54. Dracula - Liz Lochhead adapted from Bram Stoker's novel
  55. Henry VIII or All is True (staged reading) - William Shakespeare & John Fletcher
  56. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin jr.
  57. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  58. Around The World in 8 Plays - Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello
  59. In the Club - Richard Bean
  60. Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
  61. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, adapted by Jo Clifford
  62. Peter Pan - JM Barrie (John Caird and Trevor Nunn)
  63. Taking Sides - Ronald Harwood
  64. Aladdin - John Crocker - Music & Lyrics by Eric Gilder
  65. Little Gem - Elaine Murphy
  66. Vita & Virginia - Eileen Atkins
    adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
  67. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  68. Tom Paine - Paul Foster
  69. Youth Theatre Double Bill - Will Averill: Cinderella: Or How Pipsqueak the Mouse Became a Stallion. 'Crinkley Bottom............' was devised in-house
  70. Gormenghast - John Constable adapted from the novel by Mervyn Peake
  71. This Story of Yours - John Hopkins
  72. King John - William Shakespeare
  73. Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
  74. Fallen Angels - Noel Coward
  75. A Month in the Country - Ivan Turgenev - adapted into English by Emlyn Williams
  76. Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
  77. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  78. A Vampire Story - Moira Buffini
  79. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll - dramatised by Adrian Mitchell
  80. The Odd Couple (female version) - Neil Simon
  81. The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Martin McDonagh
  82. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
  83. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
  84. Gaslight - Patrick Hamilton
  85. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare
  86. Iron - Rona Munro
  87. Confusions - Alan Ayckbourn
  88. 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)

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