Shakespeare - The Merry Wives of Windsor (DVD)
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Label: Opus Arte
Cat No: OA1293D
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 27th September 2019
Royal Shakespeare Company
There’s more than a hint of reality TV to this modern production of Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy, directed by Fiona Laird.
Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy of suburbia, wives and over-inflated egos. John Falstaff (David Troughton) plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over inflated egos. For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor...
“The play has never felt so strongly feminist… The production is ablaze with energy and throngs with strong, quirky performances…” – The Independent ★★★★
“The play bursts with slap(stick) and tickle, prats and pratfalls and lots of laughs – there is not a weak link in the cast.” – The Times ★★★★
“Troughton embraces the buffoon role with gusto, lumbering around the stage in public school Humpty Dumpty mode with a triangular rubber codpiece flapping in the breeze. But despite his good humour as an actor, the centrepiece performers are – rightly, given the trajectory of Shakespeare’s plot – the double act of Lacey and Cordingly.… It’s consciously very silly and in parts it succeeds at being funny…” – The Stage
- Interviews with Beth Cordingly, Rebecca Lacey and David Troughton
- Props at the RSC
- Director’s commentary
- Cast gallery
- Mistress Quickly: Ishia Bennison
- Mistress Ford: Beth Cordingly
- Mistress Page: Rebecca Lacey
- Sir John Falstaff: David Troughton
- Bardolph: Charlotte Josephine
- Fenton: Luke Newberry
Director: Fiona Laird
Duration: approx. 170 minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo + Dolby Digital 5.1
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