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      /THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR/ (1982)


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    • Dvd Region: 2+4 Pal (UK & Europe)
    • Certificate: U
    • Running Time: Approx. 170 minutes
    • Type: Fullscreen

    • Originally Transmitted: 28th December 1982
    • Dvd Release Date: 2005
    • Released By: BBC Worldwide Ltd.
    • Distributed By: DD Home Entertainment
    • Format: Colour Dvd Pal

    • Language: English
    • Subtitles: English sdh
    • Audio: Mono
    • Format: 4:3

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      A COMEDIE

      In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare’s plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical and television directors and brought great performances from leading contemporary actors.

      “O, what a world of vile ill-favour’d faults
      Looks handsome in three hundred pounds a year.”

      Among the honest folk of Windsor, Sir John Falstaff stands out as a rogue, a chancer and an oaf. More concerned with his lack of money, the ageing, overweight Falstaff hatches a plan to court two wealthy married women, Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. When the two wives get together they devise their own plan to teach the knight a lesson . . .

      Shakespeare’s boisterous comedy of love and money was supposedly written because Queen Elizabeth wanted to see Falstaff in love. One of the great Shakespearian characters, Falstaff, played here with great gusto by Richard Griffiths, is mercilessly taunted by Judy Davis and Prunella Scales as the wives.


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      Enter Justice Shallow, Master Slender, and Sir Hugh Evans . . . .

      SHALLOW : ”Sir Hugh, persuade me not.
      I will make a Star Chamber matter of it.
      If he were twenty Sir John Falstaffs,
      he shall not abuse Robert Shallow, esquire . . . ”

      Richard Griffiths
      Prunella Scales   Judy Davis

      with
      Alan Bennett   Elizabeth Spriggs
      and Ben Kingsley



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      DRAMATIS PERSONAE:

      In Credits Order

    • Alan Bennett ... Justice Shallow
    • Richard O'Callaghan ... Slender
    • Tenniel Evans ... Sir Hugh Evans
    • Bryan Marshall ... George Page
    • Richard Griffiths ... Sir John Falstaff
    • Gordon Gostelow ... Bardolph
    • Nigel Terry ... Pistol
    • Michael Robbins ... Nym
    • Miranda Foster ... Anne Page

    • Judy Davis ... Mistress Ford
    • Prunella Scales ... Mistress Page
    • Ron Cook ... Peter Simple
    • Michael Graham Cox ... Host of the Garter Inn
    • Lee Whitlock ... Robin
    • Elizabeth Spriggs ... Mistress Quickly
    • John Joyce ... John Rugby
    • Michael Bryant ... Doctor Caius
    • Simon Chandler ... Fenton

    • Ben Kingsley ... Frank Ford

    • Ralph Brown ... John
    • Peter Gordon ... Robert
    • Crispin Mair ... William Page
    • Harvey Brown ... Fairy
    • Kerry Cavalli ... Fairy
    • Adam Cooper ... Fairy
    • Helen Grey ... Fairy
    • Simon Kemp ... Fairy
    • Wayne Phelan ... Fairy
    • Tony Young ... Fairy

      • Director: David Hugh Jones
      • Produced: Shaun Sutton
      • Adapted: William Shakespeare’s original play

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      William Shakespeare

      Hys Most Excellent
      Comedie
      The
      Merry Wives
      Of Windsor



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      ABOUT THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR

      A truly domestic play, confronting middle-class dilemmas. The Merry Wives Of Windsor is set dancing by a wicked sense of fun when the 'merry wives' receive Falstaff’s, romantic overtures and resolve to trick him with all their female weaponry. Brilliant comedy emerges from this complex Elizabethan farce as we, the only possessors of all the facts, watch an impressive line-up of artists bring strong and witty performances to the colourful, eccentric personalities in one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies . . . A legend dating from 1702 claims that Shakespeare wrote The Merry Wives of Windsor in fourteen days and by command of Queen Elizabeth; in 1597 she was said to have wished particularly to see Falstaff in love. Whether or not this is true, passage towards the end of the play alluding directly to the ceremonies of the Order of the Garter, Britain’s highest order of chivalry, encourages the belief that the play has a direct connection with a specific occasion.

      In 1597 George Carey, Lord Hunsdon, Lord Chamberlain and patron of Shakespeare’s company was installed at Windsor as a Knight of the Garter . . . First printed in a corrupt version in 1602 with a better text appearing in the 1623 Folio.




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