Merry Wives Of Windsor

RSC

By William Shakespeare

This was a Royal Shakespeare Company production that opened on the main stage at Stratford on the 3rd April 1979 and played in repertoire in Stratford and at the Aldwych Theatre in London until 31st May 1980.

Awards

Oliviers

1980

Comedy Performance of the Year – Ben Kingsley for the role of Frank Ford (Nomination)

 

In Stratford

Creative team

Directors – John Caird & Trevor Nunn
Set & Costume Design – John Napier
Lighting Design – Brian Harris
Music – Guy Woolfenden

Programme cover

Cast

Sir John Falstaff – John Woodvine

Bardolph – Norman Tyrrell
Pistol – John McEnery
Nim – Ian McNiece
Robin – Matthew Brace/Gordon Garrity

The Host of the Garter – Timothy Kightly

George Page – Bob Peck
Meg Page – Jane Downs
Anne Page – Kate Nicholls
William Page -  Jonathan Kirkbride/Aaron Reese

Frank Ford – Ben Kingsley
Alice Ford – Susan Tracy
Robert – Terence Harvey
John -  Nicholas Gecks

Justice Shallow – Paddy Godfrey
Abraham Slender – David Threlfall
Peter Simple – Timothy Spall

Sir Hugh Evans – David Lloyd Meredith

Doctor Caius – Geoffrey Hutchings
Mistress Quickly – Lila Kaye
John Rugby – Teddy Kempner

Fenton – Tim Brierley

Servants – David Creedon/Alan Gill/ Cathryn Harrison/Shirley King

At the Aldwych

For this revival John Napier’s design was adapted by Dermot Hayes.

Cast

Sir John Falstaff – John Woodvine

Bardolph – Norman Tyrrell
Pistol – John McEnery
Nym – Teddy Kempner
Robin – Dexter Fletcher

The Host of the Garter – Timothy Kightly

George Page – Bob Peck
Meg Page – Jane Downs
Anne Page – Cathryn Harrison
William Page – Daniel Holender/Dicon Murray

Frank Ford – Ben Kingsley
Alice Ford – Susan Tracy
Robert - Terence Harvey
John – Mark Tandy

Justice Shallow – Paddy Godfrey
Abraham Slender – David Threlfall
Peter Simple – Timothy Spall

Sir Hugh Evans – David Lloyd Meredith

Doctor Caius – Geoffrey Hutchings
Mistress Quickly – Lila Kaye
John Rugby – Ian East

Fenton – Nicholas Gecks

Servants – Alan Gill, Shirley King, Stephen Rashbrook, Hilary Townley

Production photographs

Donald Cooper