The Merry Wives of Windsor

December 3, 2013

January 19, 2014

in CST's Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by Barbara Gaines

Merry throughout, this ‘Merry Wives’ is bursting at the seams… an expansive, hugely energetic new production

Chicago Tribune

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The Play

Prepare for a jolly good night out as Chicago Shakespeare Artistic Director Barbara Gaines transports you to a small English town in the late 1940s—complete with the swinging music and dance of the era. Embraced by audiences as one of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies, this high-spirited romp centers on the lovable rogue Sir John Falstaff. Hard up for money and seeking to restore his riches, Falstaff attempts to seduce the wives of Windsor’s two most prominent men. But the wooed Windsor women see through his schemes, and his plans go awry—with disastrous and hilarious consequences.



Video: The Merry Wives of Windsor Montage

Gallery: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Audio: The Merry Wives of Windsor: PreAmble by Gina Buccola - 12-22-13


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A Local Habitation and a Name

Though Shakespeare may at first have intended Falstaff for a comic turn in a single play, he ended up featuring him in four.
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The Story

Scandal, suspicion and sweet revenge reign presently in Windsor—until order can be restored and life continue in merry fashion.
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A Look into Windsor

The world of The Merry Wives of Windsor is one of constant cultural collision and citizens of all social positions share one municipal space.
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The Players

Creative Team

Barbara Gaines Director

James Noone Scenic Designer

Susan E. Mickey Costume Designer

John Culbert Lighting Designer

Lindsay Jones Original Music and Sound Designer

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Designer

Doug Peck Music Director/Vocal Arranger


Eva Breneman Dialect Coach


Joe Bianco Pistol

Christopher Chmelik Simple

Tiffany Yvonne Cox Anne Page

Matt DeCaro Bardolph

William Dick Sir Hugh Evans

Michael Ermel Robert

Don Forston Host of the Garter Inn

Kelli Fox Mistress Page

Tim Gittings Nym

Kevin Gudahl Master Page

James Harms Justice Shallow

Angela Ingersoll Mistress Quickly

Scott Jaeck Falstaff

Heidi Kettenring Mistress Ford

Ross Lehman Master Ford

Amy Montgomery Dolores

Matt Mueller Fenton

Pavi Proczko John Rugby

Jonathan Reichart John

Michael Semanic Robin Page

Steven Sutcliffe Slender

Greg Vinkler Dr. Caius

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