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The Merry Wives of Windsor

Directed by Adrian Uzzell

This Shakespeare comedy featuring Sir John Falstaff was first published in 1602, though  believed to have been written sometime before 1597.

 

A LADIES' MAN Sir John Falstaff, staying in Windsor and down on his luck, decides to restore his fortunes by seducing the wives of two wealthy citizens. He sends Mistress Page and Mistress Ford identical love letters, but they discover his double dealing and set about turning the tables, arranging an assignation at Mistress Ford's house. Frank Ford has heard of Falstaff's plan and decides to test his wife's fidelity. Pretending to be Master Broom, he pays Falstaff to seduce his wife on his behalf, twice almost catching them together. The Pages' daughter Anne is pursued by three suitors.

 

The French physician Doctor Caius is her mother's choice, whilst her father prefers Slender, Justice Shallow's kinsman. Anne herself is in love with Fenton. Mistress Quickly is being paid by all three suitors to promote their cause.

 

A duel between Doctor Caius and Parson Evans is averted when the Host of the Garter Inn plays a trick on them, and they in turn pay him back. In Windsor Great Park at night, Falstaff is set up for his final punishment - and one of Anne Page's suitors is successful.

Audition Information

Auditions for the Windsor Theatre Guild production "The Merry Wives of Windsor" will be held at Baldwins Institute Hall,Eton Ct, Eton, Windsor SL4 6BY on 16th April 2024 and Windsor Football Club, Stag Meadow, St. Leonards Rd, Windsor SL4 3DR,  on Thursday 18th April 2024 from 8pm to 10pm. 

Audition applicants should request an audition by clicking on this email link after which audition pieces will be sent to them. It is only necessary to attend one audition.
 
Performance dates and venue:
Evenings of Wednesday 26th June through Saturday 29th June 2024 and Wednesday 3rd July through Saturday 6th July 2024 outdoors at the The Windsor Football Club, Stag Meadow, St Leonards Road, Windsor SL4 3DR. Technical and dress rehearsals from Sunday 23rd June through Tuesday 25th June 2024. There may also be another warm-up rehearsal before the second weekend of shows on Tuesday 2nd July 2024.

Rehearsals will be on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 7:45pm to 10pm and Sunday afternoons 2pm to 5pm at either Windsor Football Club or The Baldwin's Institute. With approval from the Director, all actors may not be required to attend all rehearsals.
 

Past Shows

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Antigone

An excellent interpretation of the classic "Antigone" by Sopochles set in the 90's and portraying themes very relevant to to day, Sarah Bond took her first directing role for the Windsor Theatre Guild and with a stellar cast delighted audiences at The Old Court, Windsor between 27th and 30th March 2024. 

 

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The Lady in the Van

​This thought-provoking, hilarious and moving tale was presented to a very receptive audience mid November 2023 at The Old Court, Windsor. 

Directed by Jen Mackay and involving both new and long standing members of the Guild, this classic Alan Bennett play received many plaudits for the set, lighting and sound, the vision of the direction and the performance delivered by the cast. 

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Alice

In March 2023, audiences at the Old Court, Windsor were captivated by a darker and a little bit disturbing fusion of the classic stories “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass”. 

 

Directed by Anna Jones with musical direction by Rob Harris, the original script was enhanced to highlight  how Lewis Carroll took inspiration from the real life love story between commoner Alice Liddell and Prince Leopold with attempts by his mother, Queen Victoria, to stop any romance.

 

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The Good Life

Jeremy Sams' stage play, based on the hugely popular sitcom by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey was directed for the Windsor Theatre Guild by Jen Mackay and brought together the well-loved characters (not forgetting Geraldine the Goat) as they get themselves into and out of scrapes - some old, some new, all hilarious

"The Good Life" has been one of the Guild's most popular productions, resonating with audiences and bringing back some treasured memories

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Emma

“Emma” from the novel by Jane Austen, adapted by Michael Bloom was well received by an audience enjoying our new venue at the Windsor Football Club. 

It was an opportunity to welcome new members and to feature existing members in a slightly different role, providing musical accompaniment. 

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Animal Farm

“All Animals Are Equal

But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others”

George Orwell’s world-famous and unsettling 'fairy story' was originally based on the Russian Revolution of 1917 and its aftermath.

 

With its themes of freedom, fake news and the corrupting nature of power, it is as relevant today as when it was written at the end of the Second World War.   Old Major, the prize boar, calls the animals of Manor Farm together. He has had a strange dream of a better future...

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