The Merry Wives of Windsor -- Summer 2015
Directed by Mary Stastny
The Castle Players presented Shakespeare's riotous comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor in 2015, directed by Mary Stastny - Mary's first time as a solo director of a summer production.
The show was set in the Edwardian era, circa 1910. The Garter Inn doubled as a music hall and place of ill repute. Merry Wives was written over 500 years ago and yet Mistress Page, one of the Windsor wives, is so indignant after receiving a love letter from Sir John Falstaff she declares, "Why I will exhibit a Bill in Parliament for the putting down of men!" Fast forward 400 years and we find the indignant women of Windsor are on the march, like all their sister suffragettes, demanding votes for women and equality with men.
Our play had scenes from the music hall and Edwardian ladies out and about on the streets of Windsor following their various colourful, contrasting and contradictory purposes.
"I would highly recommend this play for all the family."
"That's the best Shakespeare play I've ever seen!"
"What is always a favourite aspect of watching the Castle Players is the ease at which the cast deliver their parts; not only are they consummate professionals in their approach to learning and understanding the script, but they are so relaxed with each other that should there be a slight slip or deviation from the plan then they embrace it..."
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|Sir John Falstaff||Gordon Duffy-McGhie||Directed by||Mary Stastny|
|Frank Ford||Andrew Stainthorpe||Set designer and production manager||Simon Pell|
|Mistress Alice Ford||Marzia Aloisio||Director of music||Steven Bainbridge|
|George Page||Angus Wheeler||Stage manager||Ben Collins|
|Mistress Margaret Page
||Jill Cole||Wardrobe||Lesley Cutting with Lesley Hanson, Dawn Richmond|
|Anne Page||Phoebe Shaw||Technical design and installation||Bob Blythe and Harry Robinson|
|Fenton||Jack Parker||Properties||Claudia Jevons|
|Sir Hugh Evans||Paul Burke||Set decoration and prop manufacture||Christine Naseby|
|Dr Caius||Ben Pearson||Stage management team||Sally Roberts, Sam Fells, Mike Elder, Rob Fairless|
|Robert Shallow JP||Ian Kirkbride||Site manager||Ian Cook|
|Abraham Slender||Sean Mitchell||Technical team||Vaughan Freeman, Charlotte Thresher, Dennis Atkinson|
|Host of the Garter||Peter Cockerill||Set construction and painting team||Simon Pell, Graham Fewell, Ben Pearson, Ian Cook, Carolyn Naseby, Nicholas Perkins, Rhonda Hart-Davis, Charlotte Perkins, Jane Mardon, Dawn Trevor, Mary Stastny, Harry French, Liz Green, Jake Commandeur|
|Mistress Quickly||Trudi Dixon||Hair and Make-up||Jessica Hesp (hair), Jane Cockerill (make-up)|
|Rugby||Simon Pell||Transport and logistics||Peter Atkinson|
|Peter Simple||Aidan Tyler||Press and publicity||Andrew Harrison|
|Pistol/Robert||Christopher Evans||Website and social media||Andrew Stainthorpe|
|Nym/John||Ian Forster||Box office and front of house manager||Teresa Wilcox|
|Bardolph||Graham Fewell||Marketing team||Peter Cockerill, Teresa Wilcox, Andrew Stainthorpe, Chris Best, Chris Gibson-Bell, Christine Naseby, Adele Tyler, Ben Pearson|
|Robin||Cal Baker||Singing coach||Penny Randall-David|
|Barstaff Singers||Sarah Fells, Charlotte Perkins, Dawn Trevor, Adele Tyler||Onsite work||Multiple volunteers from cast and crew|
|Garter Inn Pianist||Steven Bainbridge||T-shirts||Sarah Fells (organisation, Susan Littlefair Embroidary (production)|
|Suffragettes / Housemaids /Nanny||Susie Blackburn, Sue Byrne, Rhonda Hart-Davis, Clauida Jevons, Carolyn Naseby, Josie Pollard, Chris Stead, Nic Worsnop||Rehearsal photographer||David Williams (Calico Images)|
|Newspaper Seller||Heidi Baker||Performance photographer||Mark Fuller|
|Postmaster'sBoy||Ethan Rawlins||Programme||ffresh Creative|
|Page Housekeeper||Chris Stead||Poster design||Bara Spackova|
|Ford Housekeeper||Nic Worsnop||Sponsors||Tilly Bailey Irvine, The Fox & Hounds, Gill & Ivan Carter, S&A Merchants, Scott Leathers, Oldfield's Restaurant, Smith & Allen, Mithrill Ales, ThinkRoom 10, ffresh Creative|
|Omnibus Driver, Policeman, Lamplighter||Simon Pell|