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The Merry Wives of Windsor

July 30 – September 3, 2023
(Opening night: Saturday, August 5)

Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

By William Shakespeare
Directed by James Vásquez

Shakespeare meets “I Love Lucy” in this 1950s spin on one of the Bard’s wildest and most appealing comedies. The notorious John Falstaff, larger-than-life in every way, leaves the big city to work his charms on the suburban inhabitants of Windsor. Always hustling for his next buck, he sets his sights on two of Windsor’s ladies-who-lunch, but when they figure out Falstaff’s game, they decide to teach him a lesson he won’t forget. Under the direction of Globe Resident Artist James Vásquez, mistaken identities, romance, and an unforgettable gallery of Shakespeare’s most vivid characters fill the stage for a theatrical rollercoaster ride that’s raucous, kooky, and entirely bewitching.

The Merry Wives of Windsor is supported by major production sponsors Karen and Donald Cohn, Ann Davies, and The Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund.

Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminar: Tuesday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Post Show Forum: Tuesday, August 8; Tuesday, August 15; and Wednesday, August 23.

Cast and Creatives


James Vásquez (Director) The Old Globe: Resident Artist; Hair, American Mariachi (world premiere), Hurricane Diane, Tiny Beautiful Things, Rich Girl (West Coast premieres), The Rocky Horror Show, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Regional: Cabaret (Goodspeed Musicals), American Mariachi (Denver Center Theatre Co.), In the Heights (Dallas Theater Center, Moonlight Stage Productions), Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax (associate director, Children’s Theatre Co.), West Side Story, Cats (SD Musical Theatre), Pageant, Hedwig... (Cygnet Theatre Co.), Next Fall, Pippin (Diversionary Theatre). Education: The Juilliard School, Drama Division. jamesvasquez.com.


Publicity Photos

Director James Vásquez.
Director James Vásquez.