Your browser (Internet Explorer) is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites. Click here to Learn how to update your browser.

“"The best Shakespeare around!"”

The Merry Wives

Friday 5 February–Saturday 27 February 2016

Northern Broadsides in partnership with the New Vic Theatre

Directed by Barrie Rutter

The charisma and zest of Northern Broadsides squeezes every last ounce of comedy gold from Shakespeare’s affectionately calamitous tale. It will tickle your funny bone and poke a jovial finger in the eye of middle England.

Barrie Rutter is Sir John Falstaff, past-his-prime and skint! Vain rogue that he is, he attempts to seduce a couple of well-to-do wives – but Mistress Page and Mistress Ford are wise to his plan and exact their revenge with hilarious and unimaginable consequences.

If you like your Shakespeare light, funny and wickedly entertaining then look no further. The Merry Wives is bursting at the seams with verbal fun, physical comedy and a bevy of cunningly colourful characters.




Friday 5 February–Saturday 27 February 2016

Photo Gallery

Image by Nobby Clark


Star Star Star

“Carry on Falstaff…”

Alfred Hickling, The Guardian
Star Star Star

“comic revenge romp…”

Roger Foss, The Stage

“ a big hit…”

Jayne White, The Sentinel

“not to be missed…”

Carol Lovatt, Reviews Hub

“verve, energy, noise, and… well… merriment…”

John Hargreaves, Native Monster
Star Star Star Star Star

“Rich, ribald and hilariously funny…”

Anne Cox, Stage Review

Latest News

Grand designs

Laura Clarkson and Lis Evans take us behind the scenes on designing The Snow Queen. “Being able to let my imagination run…

Read Article ›

The New Vic to take part in Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme

The New Vic has joined forces with the country’s leading training scheme for aspiring directors – the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme…

Read Article ›

KMF celebrates sponsorship of The Snow Queen with the New Vic

The New Vic Theatre and KMF today celebrated the success of their partnership on The Snow Queen as the award-winning company met…

Read Article ›
RT @sot2021: Meet Fran Mills. Fran started @NewVicTheatre Youth Theatre age 11. Now she’s back at theatre starring in #Cyrano #sot2021 http…