The Merry Wives of Windsor
It's fun for all the family, this season, as everyone's favorite lowlife, Sir John Falstaff, returns in a farce full of deceit, cross-dressing, and an impressive set of antlers. See small children dressed as fairies. See grown men run away with boys dressed as girls. Wonder what on earth they spiked the author's wine glass with.
"The Merry Wives of Windsor" they're merry, they're married, and they live in Windsor.
Rated G. Contains evidence of an over extended franchise.
"I particularly enjoyed the antlers."
- Bob "The Moose" Wildprairie
The original show was probably just the Masque which now appears at the end of the play, performed for the Knights of the Garter celebrations at Windsor in April 1597.
This masque was later incorporated into a full-length play, "The Merry Wives of Windsor", which Shakespeare wrote sometime between 1599 and 1600. Tradition has it that the play was written in two weeks at the request of Queen Elizabeth!
First published 1602.
You can read the full text of
"The Merry Wives of Windsor" at MIT.edu:
"Merry Wives of Windsor: Entire Play"
You can find a full synopsis of
"The Merry Wives of Windsor" at Bardweb.net:
"Shakespeare Resource Center - The Merry Wives of Windsor"
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