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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
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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.

CAST
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Alice Albon

Shallow

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Ellis Dolan

Sir Hugh Evans

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Sebastian Li

Slender

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Bridget Sweeney

Mistress Quickly

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Chris Broadstock

Mr Ford

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Tref Gare

Mr Page

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Amanda McKay

Mistress Page

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John Vizcay-Wilson

Doctor Caius

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Sarah Clarke

Fenton

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May Jasper

Host

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Paul Robertson

Falstaff

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Andrew Dang

Pistol

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Lucy May Knight

Anne Page

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Elle Sejean-Allen

Mistress Ford

CREATIVE TEAM
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Michael Mack

Producer

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Natalie Calia

Musical Director

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Ben Margalith

Assistant Stage Manager / Swing

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Jennifer Sarah Dean

Artistic Director

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Ellie Brindle

Stage Manager

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Kate Weston

Co-Director

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Hayley James

Set Designer

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Emma Austin

Co-Director

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Emily Busch

Costume Designer

THANK YOU TO OUR PRODUCTION SPONSORS

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