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Manawatu Summer Shakespeare The Merry Wives of Windsor


Thu 3 Mar 2016, 7:00pm
Fri 4 Mar 2016, 7:00pm
Sat 5 Mar 2016, 7:00pm
Sun 6 Mar 2016, 2:30pm
Thu 10 Mar 2016, 7:00pm
Fri 11 Mar 2016, 7:00pm
Sat 12 Mar 2016, 7:00pm

Where: Victoria Esplanade Gardens, Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Firmin

Manawatu Summer Shakespeare, supported by Massey University, has been an annual event within the Palmerston North community since 2003. Each year an artist in residence is chosen to direct a production of their choice in order to collaborate with students, local artists and the community. Following on from last year’s dark tragedy King Lear, Summer Shakespeare brings fun back to the Esplanade with the light-hearted comedy that is The Merry Wives of Windsor.

The Merry Wives of Windsor by Sir William Shakespeare was first published in 1602 and was the 18th show he ever wrote. Merry Wives is a revenge filled, vivacious, energy packed comedy filled with themes of love and marriage, jealousy, social class and wealth. Explored with irony, sexual innuendo, and sarcasm, The Merry Wives of Windsor promises an evening of laughter and revelry for both cast and audience alike. Down on his luck, Falstaff seeks to woo the affluent Mistress Page and Mistress Ford but can he compete against a jealous husband? Amongst marriage proposals, dangerous duels and some meddling Mistresses, can Falstaff outwit the women of Windsor or will he end up ransacked in the river?

The artist in residence and director this year is local Kelly Harris. Kelly has worked as a Drama and English teacher for the past 10 years. Having trained at Massey University, she has remained in the local area and has worked on numerous community projects, culminating in creating her own theatre company, Skin Theatre, in 2013. Earlier this year, Kelly spent two months in London studying and learning at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre as a part of the Shakespeare's Globe Centre NZ Emerging Theatre Practitioners programme, where she worked with students in Southwark on Henry V and Much Ado about Nothing, and was mentored by Globe Education Practitioners. She also spent two weeks there in 2011, as a teacher for the SGCNZ Teachers Go Global programme. Kelly has had five of her students selected to join the NZ Young Shakespeare Company, and she has own National awards for her work with students and SGCNZ.

Come along and enjoy an evening of theatre in the park and eat, drink and be merry with us!

The event itself is a koha entry at the door.

“Wives may be merry, and yet honest too”.

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