Shakespeare's Globe

The Merry Wives of Windsor

  • 2019/Summer/Merry/Big

17 May – 12 October 2019

Globe Theatre

TicketsYard (standing) £5 | Gallery (seated) from £22. Under 18s – £3 off all seats in the Globe Theatre
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William Shakespeare 

The Company to include:

Nicole Charles

Elle While

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© Dinner Ladies, Birmingham, UK, 1984. © Pogus Caesar / OOM Gallery Archive. All Rights Reserved, DACS / Artimage 2018

‘Let’s go dress him like the witch of Brentford’
Act IV, scene 2


Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound as Sir John Falstaff sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. But the ‘Merry Wives’ quickly cotton on to his tricks and decide to have a bit of fun of their own at Falstaff’s expense…

The story goes that Elizabeth I was so taken with the character of Falstaff in Henry IV that she asked Shakespeare to write a comedy about the disreputable knight falling in love. The resultant play is the only comedy that Shakespeare set in his native land, and with its dexterous mingling of verbal and physical humour, The Merry Wives of Windsor inaugurated a tradition that reaches right down to the contemporary English sitcom.

Globe Insights

Theatre artists and scholars provide an introduction to The Merry Wives of Windsor sharing their insights and perspectives of the play in a chaired pre-show discussion and Q&A in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Chair: Dr Will Tosh (Shakespeare’s Globe)

Panellists: To be announced

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse 
£10 (£8 Members / Students), £5 standing

Tuesday 28 May, 6.00pm

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Ask An Actor: Live

Put your questions to our actors and hear their experiences first-hand in our post-show Q&As.

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre 
£5 (£4 Members / Students) 

Wednesday 5 June, 15 minutes after the matinée

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Study Day

A day of workshops, seminars and lively discussion exploring The Merry Wives of Windsor, led by Globe artists and leading Shakespeare scholars.

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre 
£55 (£45 Members / Students)

Saturday 12 October, 10.00am

Age Guideline: 18 and over

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Cinema Broadcast

The Merry Wives of Windsor will be broadcast live into cinemas at 7.30pm on Thursday 20 June. Find your nearest participating cinema.