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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

The Merry Wives of Windsor (1982, David Jones)

TitleThe Merry Wives of Windsor
Release LocationsGB
DirectorDavid Jones
MediumColor video
Length2 hrs, 30 mins
Play ConnectionsThe Merry Wives of Windsor (teleplay)
SeriesThe Shakespeare Plays


The richness of the Shakespearean acting tradition behind these BBC plays is illustrated by the cast for this play. Elizabeth Spriggs, who plays Mistress Quickly, took the role of Mistress Alice Ford in an RSC production at London's Aldwych theatre in 1968. Many will also remember Miss Spriggs as an unforgettable Calphurnia in the BBC Julius Caesar. Ben Kingsley, the star of this production, shortly afterwards became internationally celebrated for his movie role as Gandhi. British audiences also have an advantage not available to North Americans in that they may recognize many of these actors from their roles in domestic popular tv shows

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

JohnRalph Brown
FalstaffRichard Griffiths
FentonSimon Chandler
ShallowAlan Bennett
RobertPeter Gordon
SlenderRichard O'Callaghan
FordBen Kingsley
PageBryan Marshall
William PageCrispin Mair
Sir Hugh EvansTenniel Evans
Dr. CaiusMichael Bryant
HostMichael Graham Cox
BardolphGordon Gostelow
PistolNigel Terry
NymMichael Robbins
RobinLee Whitlock
SimpleRon Cook
RugbyJohn Joyce
Mistress FordJudy Davis
Mistress PagePrunella Scales
Anne PageMiranda Foster
Mistress QuicklyElizabeth Spriggs
CastHarvey Brown
CastKerry Cavalli
CastAdam Cooper
CastHelen Grey
CastSimon Kemp
CastWayne Phelan
Village ChildrenTony Young

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorDavid Jones
ProducerShaun Sutton
Literary ConsultantJohn Wilders
ComposerDominic Muldowney
ChoreographyGeraldine Stephenson
Adaptor/TranslatorDavid Snodin
Production ManagerAnthony Garrick
MakeupMarianne Ford
CostumesChristine Rawlins
LightingJohn Treays
SoundRichard Chubb
ProductionDon Homfray

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell