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More2Screen brings the magic of Shakespeare’s Globe to cinema screens nationwide with the live broadcast of The Merry Wives of Windsor

More2Screen has announced that the Shakespeare’s Globe production of the hilarious The Merry Wives of Windsor will be broadcast live to over 325 cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Thursday 20 June 2019 at 7.20pm. The production stars Bryony Hannah as Mistress Ford, best-known from BBC One’s Call the Midwife.

The live broadcast from Shakespeare’s Globe will transport the cinema audience into the ‘Wooden O’, the building for which Shakespeare wrote his plays. It is believed that The Merry Wives of Windsor was written on the request of Elizabeth I, who loved Falstaff in Henry IV so much that she asked Shakespeare to write a play about the disreputable knight falling in love. Directed by Elle While, this new production will be staged with a vibrant background of 1930s and Elizabethan design created by Charlie Cridlan.

Director Elle While said: “Our madcap The Merry Wives of Windsor has everything from mischief and disguises, to lust and love, with lots of hilarity in between. The sumptuous design will include living plants, bringing the natural world into the Globe. We are thrilled to be sharing our uproarious show across the nation this summer, bringing the magic of Shakespeare’s Globe live to cinema screens.”

Bryony Hannah, a familiar face from her role as Cynthia Miller in BBC One’s Call the Midwife, will play Mistress Ford. Bryony’s recent credits include The Children’s Hour (Comedy Theatre), for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award, Blurred LinesEarthquakes in London (National Theatre), Unforgotten (ITV), and Cemetery Junction.

Pearce Quigley will play Falstaff. A regular at the Globe since 2011, Pearce has appeared in productions including As You Like It, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His other recent theatre credits include Simon Godwin’s The Beaux’ Stratagem (National Theatre) and The Wolf From the Door (Royal Court).

The full cast includes Hedydd Dylan, Sarah Finigan, Bryony Hannah, Richard Katz, Joshua Lacey, Forbes Masson, Anne Odeke, Jude Owusu, Pearce Quigley, Anita Reynolds, Boadicea Ricketts, Dickon Tyrrell and Zach Wyatt.

Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for The Merry Wives of Windsor and Bartholomew Fair

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Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the full cast for William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Elle While, and Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair, directed by Blanche McIntyre.

The Merry Wives of Windsor opens on Friday 17 May in The Globe Theatre. Bartholomew Fair opens on Friday 23 August in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The Merry Wives of Windsor will be broadcast live into cinemas from The Globe at 7.30pm on Thursday 20 June.

Pearce Quigley will play Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Pearce is a Globe Associate Artist, having performed in Hamlet and As You Like It as part of the Globe Ensemble last summer. He has been a regular performer at the Globe since 2011, appearing in productions including The Changeling with Hattie Morahan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream alongside Michelle Terry, and Matthew Dunster’s Dr Faustus. His other recent theatre credits include Simon Godwin’s The Beaux’ Stratagem (National Theatre) and The Wolf From the Door (Royal Court).

Hedydd Dylan will play Sir Hugh Evans and Nym in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Winwife in Bartholomew Fair. Hedydd’s recent theatre credits include Mother Courage (Royal Exchange), The Cherry Orchard (Sherman Theatre), Lady Chatterley’s Lover (ETT) and The Oresteia (Home). Television work includes Emmerdale (ITV) and Hinterland (S4C).

Sarah Finigan will play Mistress Page. Sarah returns to the Globe having appeared in the 2018 Globe on Tour ensemble, where she performed in Twelfth NightThe Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice. Sarah’s other recent theatre work includes Much Ado About Nothing (Bedouin Shakespeare), Deny Deny Deny (Park Theatre), She Stoops to Conquer (Changeling Theatre) and The BFG (Octagon Theatre). TV credits include Upstart CrowCall the MidwifeCuckoo (BBC), and The Great Fire (ITV). Films include Suffragette.

Bryony Hannah will play Mistress Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Grace in Bartholomew Fair. Bryony’s recent theatre credits include The Children’s Hour (Comedy Theatre), for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award, Blurred LinesEarthquakes in London (National Theatre) and Breathing Irregular (The Gate). Bryony is best known for her role as Cynthia Miller in BBC One’s Call the Midwife.

Richard Katz will play Doctor Caius and Pistol in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Leatherhead in Bartholomew Fair. Richard is a Globe Associate Artist, having performed in Hamlet and As You Like Itas part of the Globe Ensemble last summer. Richard’s additional Globe credits include Nell GwynnRichard II and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His other recent theatre work includes 1984(Headlong), The Divide and The Lorax (Old Vic). Richard’s screen credits include MotherFatherSonand Taboo (BBC), All Souls: A Discovery of Witches (Sky) and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Joshua Lacey will play Abraham Slender and Robin in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Littlewit in Bartholomew Fair. Joshua returns to the Globe after appearing in Emma Rice’s Twelfth Night in 2017 and Matthew Dunster’s Imogen in 2016. Joshua’s other theatre credits include MacbethWonder.Landand Everyman (National Theatre), Richard III (Trafalgar Studios) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream(Regent’s Park). Television includes The CrownTop Boy (Netflix) and Devs (FX). Film includes The Catcher Was a Spy and Murder on the Orient Express.

Forbes Masson will play George Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Wasp in Bartholomew Fair. Forbes previously appeared in the Globe’s premiere of Tristan Bernays’ Boudica, directed by Eleanor Rhode, in 2017. Forbes’s recent theatre work includes Summer and Smoke (Almeida/West End), Little Shop of Horrors (Regent’s Park), Terror (Lyric Hammersmith) and Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory/West End). Screen credits include Father Brown (BBC), Catastrophe (Avalon) and Shetland: Dead Water (ITV).

Anne Odeke will play Host and Peter Simple in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Mistress Overdo in Bartholomew Fair. Anne returns to the Globe after appearing in The Comedy of Errors, directed by Blanche McIntyre in 2014. Anne’s other recent credits include Snow White and the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon (Wrong Crowd), Women In Power (Nuffield Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Storyhouse), Winnie and Wilbur (Birmingham Rep) and The Crucible (Royal Lyceum).

Jude Owusu will play Frank Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Quarlous in Bartholomew Fair. Jude’s recent theatre credits include playing the title role in Michael Boyd’s Tamburlaine (RSC), The Cherry Orchard (Bristol Old Vic), A Tale of Two Cities (Regent’s Park) and Jeramee, Hartleby and Ooglemore (Unicorn Theatre). Television includes Father Brown (BBC).

Anita Reynolds will play Mistress Quickly in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Dame Purecraft in Bartholomew Fair. Anita’s recent theatre credits include ear for eye (Royal Court), Absolute Hell(National Theatre) and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Sherman Theatre). Television includes Rellik (BBC), Keeping Faith (S4C) and Stella (Sky One). Films include Wild Geese and Telling Tales.

Boadicea Ricketts will play Anne Page and John Rugby in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Win Littlewit in Bartholomew Fair. Boadicea’s recent theatre credits include Tonight at 8:30 (Jermyn St) and East (King’s Head Theatre), both of which gained Offie nominations. Theatre credits while training include The CrucibleRichard III and The Wives’ Excuse (Royal Central School of Speech & Drama).

Dickon Tyrrell will play Robert Shallow in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Overdo in Bartholomew Fair. Dickon has appeared in many Globe productions including Dominic Dromgoole’s Measure for Measure and Julius Caesar, and Adele Thomas’s The Oresteia. Dickon’s other recent theatre credits include Labour of Love (Noel Coward Theatre) and Anatomy of a Suicide (Royal Court).

Zach Wyatt will play Fenton and Bardolph in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Cokes in Bartholomew Fair. Zach’s previous theatre credits include Wild East (Young Vic) and I And You (Hampstead Theatre). Credits while training include Paradise LostSavedAntony and CleopatraOedipus Rexand The Cherry Orchard (Guildhall School of Music & Drama).

Full cast includes: Hedydd Dylan, Sarah Finigan, Bryony Hannah, Richard Katz, Joshua Lacey, Forbes Masson, Anne Odeke, Jude Owusu, Pearce Quigley, Anita Reynolds, Boadicea Ricketts, Dickon Tyrrell and Zach Wyatt.

The Merry Wives of Windsor
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Elle While
Designed by Charlie Cridlan

Globe Theatre

Press nightTuesday 28 May

Bartholomew Fair
by Ben Jonson
Directed by Blanche McIntyre
Designed by Ti Green

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Press nightThursday 29 August