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The Merry Wives of Windsor

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.

Down on his luck in the suburbs, Sir John Falstaff 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 his comeuppance amid 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 ... RSC Associate Artist David Troughton takes on the role of Sir John following his masterful performance in Titus Andronicus last year.

Tagged with: Theatre & dance RSC 2018

Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes, including an interval

Tue 18 Dec
Audio-described and captioned performance

Described by Ellie Packer & Julia Grundy and captioned by Beverly Ward

Wed 2 Jan
Post-show talk

Free to same-day ticket holders

Presented by the Barbican. The Royal Shakespeare Company is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. The RSC Acting Companies are generously supported by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and The Kovner Foundation


‘Where Shakespeare meets The Only Way is Essex... a start to finish delight‘
‘Sir John Falstaff [is] played with stupendous chutzpah by David Troughton‘
‘Ablaze with energy... a delight‘


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Watch: A Season of contemporary Shakespeare at the Barbican

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed productions of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor arrive at the Barbican for a contemporary London Season, transferring directly from Stratford-upon-Avon.

Barbican Theatre