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The Merry Wives of Windsor (1955, Glen Byam Shaw)

TitleThe Merry Wives of Windsor
Release LocationsGB
DirectorGlen Byam Shaw
Length1 hrs
Play ConnectionsThe Merry Wives of Windsor (recording)
SeriesSunday Night Theatre Series


A special "telerecording" made at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon of the second part only of Glen Byam Shaw's Wives. Anthony Quayle who was later to play Falstaff in the BBC Henriad appears here in that same role (or as much as it can be called "that same role" given the difference in character between the Falstaff of this play and of the Henriad), and Keith Michell who plays Antony in the BBC Julius Caesar is also included as Master Ford. As Michael Mullin, author of Macbeth Onstage, has shown, Glen Byam Shaw with the assistance of the "Motley" design team was responsible for several memorable productions at Stratford. The BBC went to great pains to arrange this broadcast, which was the very first to be transmitted from the Stratford theatre

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

FalstaffAnthony Quayle
FentonTrader Faulkner
Justice ShallowEdward Atienza
SlenderGeoffrey Bayldon
Master FordKeith Michell
Master PageRalph Michael
William PagePhilip Thomas
Sir Hugh EvansWilliam Devlin
Dr. CaiusMichael Denison
Host Of Garter InnPatrick Wymark
BardolphRobert Hunter
RobinJohn Rogers
SimpleGeoffrey Sasse
RugbyJohn Southworth
Mistress FordJoyce Redman
Mistress PageAngela Baddeley
Ann PageJill Dixon
Mistress QuicklyRosalind Atkinson
ServantsAlan Haywood
CastRex Robinson

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorGlen Byam Shaw
ProducerBarrie Edgar
ProducerStephen Harrison
ComposerLeslie Bridgewater
ComposerHarold Ingram

Company Overview

Producer BBC Enterprises
Costumes Motley

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell