Shakespeare's Globe

The Merry Wives Of Windsor [2012]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Daniel Goldman & Sarah Norman

Part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival.

Performed in Swahili by Bitter Pill, from Nairobi, Kenya.

An exuberant, African take on Shakespeare's comedy of failed courtship, Bitter Pill bring their version of The Merry Wives of Windsor from Nairobi to London. Full of laughter and fun, this production, celebrating the wit and independence of urban African women, first played at the Harare International Festival of Arts in Zimbabwe, before travelling north to engage with the sun soaked joys of the Swahili language.


The lecherous old Falstaff schemes to seduce two wives in order to access their husbands’ money. They discover his motives easily and devise a series of elaborate jokes to humiliate him. Meanwhile, a wealthy daughter plots against her parents to wed the suitor of her choosing.

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