The Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

 

Director Christopher Luscombe

 

Cast Incudes;

Christopher Benjamin

Serena Evans

Andrew Havill

Sarah Woodward

 

 In Janet Bird's clever design, which offers a keeping-up-with-the-Joneses walkway through the audience, complete with a neat display of bedding plants, it is original Tudor rather than mock Tudor that is under scrutiny.

Guardian

 

The intelligently apt design by Janet Bird plays to the comedy's sense of Elizabethan middle-class domesticity. With the facade of a Tudor house in the background, the bridged, extended set curves out into audience with a suburban shrubbery, like a pleasant, landscaped garden. Picturesque in a conventional, homely way, the outpost of the stage is overturned during the fairy revels to show the Windsor Forest oak. The sequence is then played as a masque, with all the traditional grotesquery, including costumes with outsized fish heads and outrageously unkempt straw cuffs and ruffs. 

Curtain Up

 

Janet Bird has created one of the Globe's most ambitious and attractive designs with a large additional playing area in the pit, complete with ornamental garden; and an open gallery for musicians and actors. 

Bristish Theatre Guide