The Merry Wives of Windsor at The Shakespeare Tavern


Shakespeare Evolution Series The ComediesThe Merry Wives of Windsor
Directed by Artistic Director Jeff Watkins
$15 General Admission Preview Friday March 2, 2012
Runs March 3-4, March 9-April 1, 2012

The lecherous Sir John Falstaff sets his sights on the wives of Windsor, leading to a side splitting evening filled with mischief, schemes, a buck basket, a wood full of fairies and one pair of horns.

A part of The Shakespeare Evolution Series

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday March 11  after the show!

Sir John Falstaff   J.Tony Brown*
Mistress Ford  Laura Cole
Mistress Page   Mary Russell
Master Ford   Matt Nitchie*
Master Page   Nicholas Faircloth
Doctor Caius   Drew Reeves*
Slender  Paul Hester
Fenton   Caleb Lawton
Sir Hugh Evans  Jeff McKerley*
Anne Page   Kirsten Calvert
Robert Shallow  Doug Kaye*
Simple   Matt Felten
Mistress Quickly   Rivka Levin*
Host of the Garter  TroyWillis*
Bardolph   Vinnie Mascola
Pistol   Daniel Parvis
Nym   Drew Reeves*
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in theUnited States


Sir John Falstaff, inWindsorand short of money, decides to woo both Mistress Ford and Mistress Page, prosperous citizens’ wives, and sends identical letters to them. Two of Falstaff’s discharged followers, Pistol and Nym, reveal this to the husbands, though only the jealous Ford takes real notice. Going to the Garter Inn, disguised as “Master Brook”, he asks Falstaff to woo Mistress Ford on his behalf and learns that the knight already has an assignation. The wives prepare to trick Falstaff. At the same time other complex love-matters are in progress. The French physician, Caius, in love with Anne Page, has challenged Parson Hugh Evans to a duel, simply because Evans has asked the doctor’s house keeper, Quickly, to help the foolish Abraham Slender to Anne’s hand. Actually, Anne – as we have seen in Act I – is in love with Master Fenton who has already enlisted the versatile Quickly as an ally. Caius and Evans are reconciled by the Host of the Garter who has neatly prevented the duel.

Falstaff is carried from Ford’s house (just as Ford arrives to search it) in a laundry-basket of dirty linen; later and “Brook”, Ford discovers what has happened and hears of a new assignation between Falstaff and Mistress Ford. This time Falstaff escapes in the clothes of a maid’s aunt who Ford, still unknowing, beats unmercifully as a witch. At length, the jest revealed to their husbands, the wives get Falstaff, disguised as the ghost ofHernethe Hunter, to meet Mistress Ford in theWindsorForestat midnight. There all is settled when Falstaff is assailed by a group ofWindsorchildren, disguised as fairies and hobgoblins. Caius and Slender are each tricked into running off with boy “fairies”, thinking them to be Anne. Fenton and Anne appear, just married; and the end will be a journey home “to laugh this sport o’er by a country fire.”

-The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin

Performance days and times:
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 6:30 p.m.
10 a.m. most Tuesday and Wednesdays. 

Ticket Prices:
Seating areas: Main Floor Seats, Box Seats (on floor) and Balcony Seats

Regular Ticket Prices:
Thurs night:
Main: $24
Box: $20
Balcony: $15

Friday night:
Main: $32
Box: $26
Balcony: $22

Saturday night:
Main: $36
Box: $30
Balcony: $24

Sunday night:
Main: $28
Box: $22
Balcony: $15

An 8% sales tax is added on top of all purchases made at The Shakespeare Tavern.

Discount Ticket Options: $12 tickets for Thursday Previews, $15 for Friday Previews (unless otherwise noted);. Student/Educator prices: $5 off per price level per night except in the Balcony on Thursdays and Sundays. Not valid on Saturday nights.  $14 for 10am matinees.  $3 off for Military, Seniors, Groups of 10 or more, except in the Balcony on Thursdays and Sundays. Promotional discount offers are not valid closing weekend of a performance.

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For information on:

The Shakespeare Club Program and Flex Pass: call or email The Tavern Box Office at 404.874.5299 or or visit our website at

Education Programs and Workshops: call or email Laura Cole, Education Director at 404-874-5299, X58 or

Volunteer Opportunities: call or email Suzanne Mercer, Volunteer Coordinator at 404-874-5299, X59 or

Accessibility and The Shakespeare Tavern: The Shakespeare Tavern is handicapped accessible. Please let the box office know if you have any special needs that we should be aware of in order to make your Shakespeare Tavern experience the very best we can. Our handicapped entrance ramp/parking is located directly behind our building. Once you turn onto Renaissance Parkway from Peachtree Street, you will turn right onto Courtland Street. The Tavern’s back entrance will be immediately on your right once you clear the building on the corner and the traffic poles. The turn comes up quickly, so please drive slowly. Handicapped parking is directly in front of the ramp, behind our building.                              

Location: The New American Shakespeare Tavern is located at 499 Peachtree Street, NE, just four blocks south of The Fox Theater and directly across the street from Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Parking: In the evening, we recommend parking in the Emory University Hospital Midtown Parking Deck located directly across the street from the front doors of The Shakespeare Tavern on Peachtree Street. Regular parking price is $5.                       

DO NOT park onPine Streetor in the empty parking lots onPine Street. Your car might be booted if you park in these lots.

Food and Beverage Service: The Tavern opens one hour and fifteen minutes before the performance for food and beverage service. Chef for a Night provides a British-pub-style menu for dinner. The Tavern has a beer, wine, coffee, tea, and soft drink bar that serves Bass and Guinness on tap.


Seating and Box Office: Seating is done on a “first come, first served” basis within each designated section. Table seating is limited however all seats can accommodate food and beverages. For reservations or more information, call or email The Tavern Box Office at 404.874.5299 or or order tickets on-line at

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