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The Merry Wives of Windsor

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Emma Austin & Kate Weston

St Kilda Botanical Gardens

2 - 24 December 2022

Run Time: 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.

CREATIVE TEAM
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Producer

Michael Mack

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Musical Director

Natalie Calia

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Artistic Director

Jennifer Sarah Dean

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Stage Manager

Teri Steer

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Co-Director

Kate Weston

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Set Designer

Hayley James

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Co-Director

Emma Austin

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Costume Designer

Emily Busch

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SITE MAP
St Kilda Botanical Gardens

GETTING TO THE PARK

Address: 11 Herbert St, St Kilda VIC 3182

Google Map St Kilda Botanical Gardens

The closest entrance to the box office is the gate at the corner of Blessington St and Tennyson St.

TRAM

Take the 96 tram to the Acland Street and Barkly Street junction then walk along Blessington Street to the Gardens. Or take the 67 tram to Brighton Road and Mozart Street junction and walk along Mozart Street.

 

TRAIN

Catch the Sandringham train to Balaclava station, walk or catch a tram west along Carlisle Street, cross St Kilda Road, walk one block along Blessington Street.

 

BUS

Bus routes 246, 600, 922, 923, 246 run along Barkley Street St Kilda, get off near the corner of Barkley Street and Blessington Street and walk one block to the gardens.

PARKING

Free unrestricted all day parking is available around the gardens, check local signs for more information.

St Kilda Botanical Gardens is a very popular venue so parking spaces can be limited especially on weekends. We advise arriving early or seeking alternative transport.

THANK YOU TO OUR PRODUCTION SPONSORS

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