The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor

2.8 (4) · Shakespeare

‘Let’s go dress him like the witch of Brentford’ Act IV, scene 2


Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound as Sir John Falstaff sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. But the ‘Merry Wives’ quickly cotton on to his tricks and decide to have a bit of fun of their own at Falstaff’s expense…

The story goes that Elizabeth I was so taken with the character of Falstaff in Henry IV that she asked Shakespeare to write a comedy about the disreputable knight falling in love. The resultant play is the only comedy that Shakespeare set in his native land, and with its dexterous mingling of verbal and physical humour, The Merry Wives of Windsor inaugurated a tradition that reaches right down to the contemporary English sitcom.

Critic reviews

While's staging has the makings of a popular hit


Frantically contrives to over-egg scraps of humour

Evening Standard

Suitably merry, if uneven, jazz-infused production of Shakespeare's comedy featuring an entertaining performance by Pearce Quigley

The Stage

In the scrummage to squeeze out the laughs, the storytelling becomes a little muddy, but Pearce Quigley’s Falstaff is a dream

The Times

Star Pearce Quigley brings an appealing melancholy to Shakespeare's daft Falstaff spin off

Time Out

The Globe was made for the mugging and interaction which enliven Shakespeare's earthy sitcom

The Arts Desk

Merry Wives is cleverly rewritten for today’s audience and prompts bursting laughter. It is undeniably a labour well bestowed

The Upcoming

Jazz-age, MeToo-friendly comedy with a few bum notes

The Telegraph

Jealousy and lechery divert the idle rich in Elle While’s production of the Shakespeare romcom, but well-dressed schemings lack chemistry

The Guardian

Date & time

Show ended
Fri 17 May - Sat 12 Oct, 2pm & 7.30pm


21 New Globe Walk, Bankside SE1 9DT London, UK · Get Directions
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