Merry Wives (2015)


Cross dressing, dirty laundry and love triumphant! First performed in 1600 or 1601, ‘The Merry Wives’ has been one of the most popular of Shakespeare’s comedies in every century since.

Sir John Falstaff arrives from London to pursue country wives Alice Ford and Meg Page for their money. The locals turn the tables on him; he twice narrowly escapes Alice’s jealous husband Frank Ford, is punished by the two women and taunted by the local schoolchildren. At the same time, Meg Page’s daughter Anne Page is being wooed by three suitors. The Frenchman Dr Caius and Abraham Slender are both after her dowry but George Fenton really loves her and it is he who finally wins her hand.
In our promenade version we shall follow the action in three stages, moving with the actors in no more than two short journeys from start to finish. Bring your seats, cushions, rugs and a picnic to start with, enjoy a memorable afternoon and evening of theatre in the open and don’t worry – if it rains there’s room inside!
Starring John D Collins best known for playing Flt. Lt Fairfax in the BBCTV hit comedy ‘Allo! Allo!, and with a cast of professional actors working with talented local performers.

Divided over 3 venues, mtp’s production of The Merry Wives of Windsor was a huge success.

Starting off in the grounds of St Mary’s Church for act one, we moved on to the Free Church for act two, culminating in the final act bringing the curtain down on the Greensward.
The show was supported by Tendring District Council and the Hervey Benham Trust.
The cast was be selected from local theatre groups, schools and general members of the public so keep posted for news on workshops and auditions.
‘Merry Wives’ is made possible with financial assistance from Tendring District Council, Frinton and Walton Town Council and the Hervey Benham Charitable Trust and by the generosity of our local supporters.