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Northern Broadsides’ New Version of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives Comes to Scarborough

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Acclaimed theatre company Northern Broadsides has joined forces with the award-winning New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, to stage William Shakespeare’s superb medley of comedy and farce The Merry Wives.  

Directed and featuring Northern Broadsides Artistic Director Barrie Rutter in the role of Sir John Falstaff, the new production will visit Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre from Tuesday 26 to Thursday 30 April.

It’s the 1920s in the North of England and Sir John Falstaff is past his prime and skint!

Vain rogue that he is, he attempts, rather clumsily, to seduce a couple of well-to-do wives… but Mistress Page and Mistress Ford get wise to his plan and scheme to exact revenge with hilarious and unimaginable consequences.

Northern Broadsides has previously staged The Merry Wives in in 1993 and 2001.

Playing Sir John Falstaff for the third time will be Artistic Director Barrie Rutter, whose recent work includes the title roles in Jonathan Miller’s productions of King Lear and Rutherford & Son, as well directing and featuring in Broadsides’ award-winning co-production with the New Vic Theatre, An August Bank Holiday Lark. He has previously worked for the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Last year Barrie was awarded the OBE for services to Drama.

Northern Broadsides is a unique theatre company with a true northern voice. Its work is characterised by a high degree of theatrical inventiveness and robust performances from a large ensemble cast of multi-talented and charismatic northern actors who all perform in their natural voices. For the past 23 years, it has delighted audiences both here and abroad with a growing classic repertoire that has won the company many awards and a loyal following worldwide.

The Merry Wives can be seen at 7.30pm on 26, 27, 29 and 30 April, and at 7pm on 28 April, with matinees at 1.30pm on 28 and 2.30pm on 30 April.

Tickets for The Merry Wives are priced at between £10 and £24.50 (£6 for under-30s) and can be purchased at the Box Office on 01723 370541 or online at www.sjt.uk.com

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