The Merry Wives of Windsor
This event has now finished. Until Oct 5 2008
Time Out says
Director Christopher Luscombe takes the usual objection to this play – that it's nothing more than a bourgeois sitcom – and makes that its great virtue. Here, after all, are all the great archetypes of twentieth-century British televisual humour: the paranoid husband, the conniving housewife, the effete suitor. Luscombe even encourages some of his cast to colour their performances with nods to various TV favourites. So, Andrew Havill's Ford, manically searching his house for the fat knight, whom he rightly suspects of being after his wife Alice (Sarah Woodward), is Basil Fawlty in tights, with a touch of Rob Brydon. Thankfully, none of this is overdone (no one says, 'Am I bovvered?') but the allusions are still strong enough to really make you feel that you are on the end of a thread of laughter running unbroken through 500 years of British theatre.