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The Merry Wives of Windsor

March 6, 2013

Mike and I saw Desmond Barrit’s Falstaff last year in Peter Hall’s productions of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and he was just marvellous. Shakespeare has written “The Merry Wives of Windsor” around Falstaff so I snapped up tickets when the casting of Desmond Barrit was announced. He did not disappoint.

Phillip Breen’s contemporary production gave me the sense that I was watching Carry On Balsall Common. Helen Culey and I could not stop laughing OUT LOUD at the antics of characters too close to home. The first Act was a riot from beginning to end. The second act was also full of laughs although the contemporary setting did not work as well in the finale when the villagers disguise themselves as Spirits to tease “Mijn Duke” some more. The iconic Superman in his blue tights and oversized Green Hulk looked somewhat out of place on the Stratford Upon Avon stage.

Although I suppose if I continue the Carry On Balsall Common theme you would see them at The MacSkimmings Halloween Party. Now there is an idea for a play of my own!

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