With the royal wedding still very fresh in our memory, a screening of Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor at K Cineplex in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos will be just the thing to keep the royal vibe going for a little while longer on Friday.
The comedy, as performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in London and directed by Christopher Luscombe, concentrates on the fat knight Sir John Falstaff who is very short on money. In order to increase his financial balance, he decides to woo two wealthy married women, Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. He sends them identical love letters via his servants. When the women refuse to receive them, Falstaff fires his servants who decide to tell Ford and Page (the husbands) of Falstaff’s intentions. Page is not concerned, but the jealous Ford persuades the Host of the Garter Inn to introduce him to Falstaff as a ‘Master Brook’ so that he can find out Falstaff’s plans.
When the ‘merry wives’ find out what Falstaff’s intentions were in writing the letters, they decide to gain revenge for his indecent assumptions towards them both and they pretend to respond to his advances for their own amusement. What follows is a series of humiliating assignations, midnight terrors and a very damp, extremely smelly laundry basket.
The Merry Wives of Windsor is a brilliantly constructed farce and the only comedy that Shakespeare set in his native land. It is also the play that is credited to giving birth to the modern TV sitcom.
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Screening of the play as performed at the Globe in London. May 25. K Cineplex Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos. 7.30pm. Tel: 77-778383