The Merry Wives


  • Tue 22 Mar - Sat 26 Mar
  • Directed by Barrie Rutter
    Presented by Northern Broadsides, in partnership with the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

★★★★ 'A comedic masterpiece... not to be missed' The Reviews Hub

 'Rollicking farce...lashings of mischief' The Independent

'If there is a Shakespearean role which is tailormade for Barrie Rutter, it is the lovable rogue Falstaff' Yorkshire Post

 'This really is an absolute delight' Bouquets & Brickbats

Sir John Falstaff is past-his-prime and skint!

Vain rogue that he is, he attempts, rather clumsily, to seduce a couple of well-to-do wives … but Mistress Page and Mistress Ford get wise to his plan and scheme to exact revenge with hilarious and unimaginable consequences.

If you like your Shakespeare light, funny and wickedly entertaining then look no further. The Merry Wives is bursting at the seams with verbal fun, physical comedy and a bevy of cunningly colourful characters.

Northern Broadsides’ distinctive charisma and zest for performance squeezes every last ounce of comedy gold from this affectionately calamitous tale that will tickle your funny bone and poke a jovial finger in the eye of middle England.


Post-Show Q&A

Join the cast and creative team of The Merry Wives after the show on Tue 22 Mar for a Q&A session, hosted by Barrie Rutter.