ARTYFACTS: Merry Wives of Windsor - Globe

Friday, September 26, 2008

Merry Wives of Windsor - Globe

Was a day early for the Rothko show at the Tate so popped next door to see what was on at the Globe. As luck would have it, there was a matinee of The Merry Wives of Winsor; nothing better than a spontaneous surprise.

From the welcoming music, played on 16th century instruments, in the sun laughing at jokes written four hundred years ago, it was superb. It's a rollicking comedy with the usual Shakespearean pairs and switches. Falstaff is set up and relentlessly ridiculed and I have to say that it was genuinely funny. The women in the play are the sensible puppeteers while almost all of the men are hapless fools. But it is the finale with its message about love that is both uplifting and moving.

It was great to see young schoolchildren totally engaged for the full two hours. What a great way to spend a spare Thursday afternoon in London.


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