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Northern Broadsides bring a medley of comedy and farce to York with The Merry Wives

Northern Broadsides bring a medley of comedy and farce to York with The Merry Wives

Northern Broadsides have 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 OBE in the role of Sir John Falstaff, the new production will visit York Theatre Royal from Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 May.

It’s the 1920s in 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 have previously staged The Merry Wives in in 1993 and 2001.

Playing Sir John Falstaff for the third time will be Northern Broadsides Artistic Director Barrie Rutter OBE. Rutter’s recent works include 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. Barrie Rutter 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 here and abroad with a growing classic repertoire that has won the company many awards and a loyal following worldwide.

Tickets for The Merry Wives are priced at £29 - £10 (£1.50 transaction fee per booking) and can be purchased at the York Theatre Royal Box Office in person on 01904 623568 or securely online at yorktheatreroyal.co.uk