'Why, then the world's mine oyster'
Part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival.
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.
Running time: 139 mins
Master Page, Corporal Nym, Mistress Quickly:
Master Ford, Justice Shallow :
Master Abraham Slender, Dr. Caius, Fenton :
John Rugby, Mistress Ford :
Sir Hugh Evans, Anne Page, Corporal Pistol, Robert :
What you have to say
Darren Pearce, Ireland Darren Pearce, Ireland
Fabulous music and inspired performances made this a magical experience to behold. Shakespeare comedy played to its finest , merriest , and positively most uplifting.
Barry, Staines Barry, Staines
This is a joyous, warm-hearted and very funny production of ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ with fine ensemble acting throughout. I particularly enjoyed Christopher Benjamin’s foolishly gullible Falstaff, whilst Serena Evans and Sarah Woodward are sublime as the witty and mischievous Windsor wives. Nigel Hess’ playful and romantic music, played on period instruments, rounds out this delightful and uplifting production.
David Marshall David Marshall
Really enjoyed Swahili Merry Wives of Windsor this evening - great fun and really well acted. Thank you to all the cast!
Deborah Goodhart Deborah Goodhart
Quite the best theatre I have seen in ages a great evening indeed. Laughed and laughed! Great company too! Mzuri sana!