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Shakespeare's Sitcom: Merry Wives Return to The Globe | reviews, news & interviews

Shakespeare's Sitcom: Merry Wives Return to The Globe

Shakespeare's Sitcom: Merry Wives Return to The Globe

Christopher Luscombe's matchless Merry Wives of Windsor is back

Stag night: Serena Evans, Christopher Benjamin and Sarah Woodward return in 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'All images by John Trumper

“It isn’t a surprise to me, but it is a surprise to him that it isn’t a surprise to me.” On a Monday morning in the rehearsal room at Shakespeare’s Globe, actors and actresses are getting into character. “You’re acting panic,” clarifies the director, “and when you hear his voice it’s real panic.” Exactly how funny is The Merry Wives of Windsor in the 21st century?

“It isn’t a surprise to me, but it is a surprise to him that it isn’t a surprise to me.” On a Monday morning in the rehearsal room at Shakespeare’s Globe, actors and actresses are getting into character. “You’re acting panic,” clarifies the director, “and when you hear his voice it’s real panic.” Exactly how funny is The Merry Wives of Windsor in the 21st century?

I was scared of the sitcom tag until I read this very authoritative academic article comparing Merry Wives with Fawlty Towers

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