Lex-Ham Community Theater
Shakespeare Reading Series
The Merry Wives of Windsor

It's hard to keep track of who's deceiving whom in this comedy romp.

First Sir John Falstaff deceives Mistress Ford and Mistress Page about his affection for them - and their money. Before the "merry wives" in turn deceive Sir John.

Then the host deceives Evans and Dr. Caius about a duel.

Master Ford takes his turn at deceiving Falstaff as Mr. Brook (or is it Mr. Broom?)

The list goes on. and on.

Other questions to ponder:

How can Mistress Quickly interpret qui, quae, quod into a suggestive double entendre?

How big of a laundry basket does it take to hold Sir John Falstaff?

Finally, do you think that Shakespeare really wrote The Merry Wives of Windsor in fourteen days at the prompting of Queen Elizabeth who wanted to see Falstaff in love?

Some good references for the play are:

The Story
Text of the play

SparkNotes summary of the play
Background information
Shake-Sphere - The Merry Wives of Windsor

Sources
Sir Giovanni Fiorentino's Il Pecorone (The Simpleton)

Film Versions
The Merry Wives of Windsor 1982 (TV)
The Merry Wives of Windsor 1965 (Austrian)


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Last updated: 02/01/2004