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AAD Summer Productions - 2000 The Merry Wives of Windsor


1983 - The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare

Performed in the Dairy Garden at Blaise Castle, Bristol.



Shallow, a country Justice

Abraham Slender

  Sir Hugh Evans, a Welsh Parson

George Page, citizen of Windsor

Frank Ford, citizen of Windsor

Anne Page

Katherine Page

Fenton, a young gentleman

Sir John Falstaff

Robin, Falstaff's Page





Mistress Page

Mistress Ford

Dr Caius, a French Doctor

Mistress Quickly

Robert, Ford's Servant

John, Ford's Servant

Joan Rugby, Caius' Servant

Peter Simple, Slender's Servant



Marie O'Sullivan


Neville Lewisohn

Graham Winter

Chris Torpy

Bob Harris

John Adams

Beccy Heal

Olivia Thomas

Martin Whatley

Richard Jones

Jon Rusbridge

Patrick McNerney

Philip Pover

Derek Skelcher

David Harris

Jo Kelly

Caroline Absalom

Mitch Mitchell

Josephine Lawler

Chris Rusbridge

Martin Williamson

Jill Piper

Colin Baser

Judy Hodgson

  Claire Carey

  Sue Clark

  David Clark

  Sophie Hay

Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager




Fairy costumes designed and made by





Front of House Manager




Poster & Programme Design

Box Office






Tradition has it that 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'

after seeing the character of Sir John Falstaff in

another play depicting this flamboyant character in

Great Feast in 1597. Down on his luck, Falstaff

merchants in the hope that they will relieve his

on the wrath of the ladies when they discover his

to get their own back on the unscrupulous rascal

colourful characters and young lovers enhances

Ron Piper

Alan White

Andy Bromsgrove

Maurice Browne

Faith, Hope & Charity

Julia O'Neill

Pam Welch

Jo Baser

  Judy Claypole

Bob Allen

Jane Bishop

Ann Aplin

Howard Aplin

Richard Jones

Martin Williamson

Pauline Pincott

  Pat Woodward

Les Coles

Chris Torpy

  André Coutanche


was written at the request of Queen Elizabeth I who,

Henry IV Parts I & II, asked Shakespeare to write a

love. It is thought that it was first performed at the

attempts to seduce the wives of two wealthy

straightened circumstances - but he doesn't reckon

dastardly plan! Revenge is in the air as they contrive

rascal. A wealth of minor sub-plots and intrigues,

this richly comic play.