Shakespeare at Winedale

Spring Class Performance - The Merry Wives of Windsor

Fri, April 29, 2011 | Winedale Theatre Barn- Round Top, Texas

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Shakespeare at Winedale 2011 Spring Class performs Merry Wives
Shakespeare at Winedale 2011 Spring Class performs Merry Wives

The Shakespeare at Winedale Spring Class will give two performances at the Winedale Theatre Barn, on April 29 and 30 at 7:00.  These performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor will be the culmination of a semester of coursework focusing on Shakespeare in performance. Tickets are $10, $5 for UT ID-holders, and are available through the Shakespeare at Winedale website,


The Merry Wives of Windsor follows the raucous antics of Sir John Falstaff, Shakespeare's beloved fat knight, as he attempts to woo the housewives of Windsor. But he gets more than he bargains for when he matches wits with Mistresses Page and Ford. Along with the rest of the citizens of the surburban Windsor, these clever ladies prove "Wives may be merry, and yet honest too." 

"Merry Wives is one of Shakespeare's funniest comedies, and it is also quite unique among his works," said S@W director James Loehlin.  "It is part of a tradition of comedies about middle-class family life that runs from the 'citizen comedies' of Shakespeare's day down to the modern TV sit-com."  The students are performing the play as the culmination of a course on "Shakespeare and Situation Comedy."

Shakespeare at Winedale is part of the University of Texas English Department that invites students from all disciplines to learn about Shakespeare through the intensive experience of performing his works. Since 1970, hundreds of students have taken the stage in the Winedale Theater Barn, using all their intelligence, creativity,and passion to bring these plays to life. The spring class is a course on the University campus, where students spend class periods studying plays, exploring their challenges and working creatively to perform scenes together.  The course also includes three weekends at the Winedale Historical Center, where students are surrounded by the beauty of the Texas countryside and immersed in Shakespearean language. 

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