Arden Shakespeare Festival Presents ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’

From left, Micah Linford (Master Ford disguised as Master Brook), Ambrose Ferber (Host of the Garter Tavern) and George Williams (Falstaff) in ‘Merry Wives of Windsor.’ Courtesy photo

Theater News:

The Arden Shakespeare Festival returns to Santa Fe from its recent sold out run in New York and great reviews at the Edinburgh Festival to present Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy of seduction, jealousy and revenge, “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”

Queen Elizabeth so enjoyed the character of Falstaff in the history plays, she asked Will Shakespeare to write another play about him, he wrote “Merry Wives.” “Merry Wives” differs from the other plays, in that it is about middle class families and their not always admirable values. Co-director Jane Lancaster calls it, “desperate housewives of Windsor.”

“Sir Hugh Evans is my first role for stage in over 30 years, and I am having a ball,” Los Alamos actor David Buckland said. “I just retired from teaching English and drama at Los Alamos High School this past June and am looking forward to acting and playing music again. Another Los Alamos player is Iain May as one of Falstaff’s sidekicks, Pistol. His strong Scottish accent is a delight to listen to.”

This production is co-directed by company Artistic Director Deborah Dennison, who trained in classical theatre in London for three years with the same teachers who trained Judi Dench and Vanessa Redgrave and worked in the New York Theatre for 11 years and Jane Lancaster, who was trained by and a company member of The Royal Shakespeare Company.

The production previews at 7:30 p.m. Jan 24 and 25 at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe with limited seating at special low prices of $12. The play will continue at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, and at 1 p.m. Feb. 2 at the James A. Little Theatre, 1060 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe. Tickets are $20 ($15 seniors and students.) Last minute student rush tickets are $8 10 minutes before curtain. Call 505.602.7479 for tickets. Tickets are available at the box office, opening one hour before the show. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Group sales are available.