2 - 24 DECEMBER 2022
The Merry Wives of Windsor
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Emma Austin & Kate Weston
St Kilda Botanical Gardens
2 - 24 December 2022
Duration: 90 minutes
Melbourne Shakespeare Company is proud to be returning to the St Kilda Botanical Gardens for our brand new musical adaptation of The Merry Wives of Windsor. This dynamic new reimagining of one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies is a farcical masterpiece filled with double meanings, disguises, and dirty laundry! Featuring larger than life slapstick comedy, beautiful choreography and contemporary live music, The Merry Wives of Windsor is a 90 minute musical adventure that the whole family will love.
A NOTE FROM OUR DIRECTORS
Emma Austin & Kate Weston
Emma and Kate both love telling stories that empower people, as well as making a whole bunch of silly jokes. They are thrilled to be bringing this uproarious comedy about badass ladies to St Kilda (geographically very close to Windsor!) in December.
The Merry Wives of Windsor is a hilarious look at gender politics in suburbia, celebrating the wisdom and strength of women and poking fun at the men who think they know better. Reading the play, Emma and Kate were struck by the thought, “gee whizz, this is all sounding a little too familiar,” and knew that 2022 would be the perfect time to tell this story. Set in the 1970s amidst the simmering frustration of the women’s liberation movement, the play begins with Anne Page returning home from university for the summer, determined to bring the feminist revolution with her. The show not only features the clever titular wives, but also one of Shakespeare’s funniest characters, the loveable buffoon John Falstaff.
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