The Merry Wives of Windsor

Our 2021 production will be one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies, the wonderful The Merry Wives of Windsor to be directed by John Timewell. Performances will take place from Tuesday 27th to Saturday 31st July.

Our venue is, as always, the superb Stubbings House lawns in Maidenhead, SL6 6QL. Tickets can be booked through the Stubbings website or by completing and posting the A5 handbill to us. Links to both further down the page.

Short Synopsis

Sir John Falstaff, staying in Windsor and down on his luck, decides to restore his fortunes by seducing the wives of two wealthy citizens. Meanwhile three suitors (Slender, Doctor Caius and Fenton), are all vying to win the lovely Mistress Anne Page’s hand in marriage.

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Reviews & Audience Feedback

Bridget Fraser in the Henley Standard – “Slimline Falstaff’s pillow talk was suitably bawdy” Read in full here →


Below is a handful of the feedback we received from the audience. Thank you to everyone that left us such wonderful messages and comments!


“Saw the show last night. Congratulations to all the cast and crew on an excellent performance.”

 Peter O’Sullivan

“Just to say what a fantastic performance it was last night in such a beautiful setting.  Amazing, considering the restrictions you have had to endure. Hopefully the weather will be good to you for the remainder of your performances.”

 Shirley Steele

“Loved it! I didn’t know the play when I arrived. It’s always worrying seeing old works of art in the light of #MeToo but The Merry Wives of Windsor was a surprise win for modernity – strong females outwitting the men in their lives! What fun!

The players were alive and funny, the setting gorgeous, and the rain just about stayed away. We will return! Thank for pulling it together under COVID regs!”

Stella Sutherland

“It was excellent and in a beautiful setting.  The organisation and stewarding was very friendly and professional.  Couldn’t fault anything!”

Clare Williamson

“We had a wonderful evening, and being lucky with the weather helped.  It was well organised, the hamper was lovely, drinks not too expensive, great loos – the play was excellent and brilliant lighting and sound quality – what a difference that makes. I think that Stubbings make the effort to put on really good quality events.  Attentive hosts as well.  Can’t really think of anything that could be done differently.

We shall certainly be on the look out for more.”

Tessa Hennessy

“I certainly enjoyed The Merry Wives of Windsor. Very confident and lively performance which made me feel quite involved. Super costumes and characterisation.  In spite of slightly windy and unseasonal weather, it was a great success. Looking forward to the next production.”

Margaret McFarlane

“First time we have been to Stubbings, layout of chairs and backdrop very good. The play was very funny and thought the cast were excellent, such a lot of script to learn. A welcome cup of tea at half time when it started to cool down. Hope to go again. Hope you raised a lot of money for the charity.”

Alan Perry

“My friends and I really enjoyed the performance, a big thank you to everyone including the actors for doing this during these very difficult times, we will certainly be back.”

Lynn Andrews

“A wonderful performance! What more can I say.”

Martin Fry

Ticket Details

We do not sell tickets directly through this website.

Please go to the Stubbings Website to book your tickets online directly →

Tuesday 27th July 20217:30pm£20.00 (£16.00 Conc.)
Wednesday 28th July 20217:30pm£20.00 (£16.00 Conc.)
Thursday 29th July 20217:30pm£20.00 (£16.00 Conc.)
Friday 30th July 20217:30pm£20.00
Saturday 31st July 20217:30pm£20.00

All Performances SOLD OUT!

You can also download the show handbill/booking form to complete at home and post to us (saves an online booking fee) →

Sponsors and Charity

We are thrilled to announce the total raised from our production of Merry Wives is £14,138.

The total of all productions to date is £127,420 of which £101,626 has been donated to CBUK.

This charity event will be sponsored by Grundon the UK’s leading family-owned supplier of waste management, environmental and recycling solutions, Norman & Frances Grundon and Stuart & Trish Fletcher. All proceeds will go to the national charity, Child Bereavement UK based in Saunderton, High Wycombe.




In aid of:

Cast List

Sir John Falstaff Graham Weeks
Robert Shallow: A country justice Paul Seddon
George Page: A gentleman of Windsor & husband of Mistress Margaret Page Steve McAdam
Francis Ford: A gentleman of Windsor & husband of Mistress Alice Ford Tim Harling
Sir Hugh Evans: A Welsh parson Gerard Nolan
Abraham Slender: A cousin of Shallow and suitor of Anne Page Adam Besley
Doctor Caius: A French physician and suitor of Anne Page Paul Freeman
Fenton: A gentleman and suitor of Anne Page Nick Stopien
Hostess of the Garter Inn Debbie Keenan
Pistol: A follower and friend of Falstaff Richard Higham
Nym: A follower and friend of Falstaff Dave Gibson
Robin: A page of Falstaff Jan Edwards
Peter Simple: A servant of Slender Sam Wimbush
Mistress Alice Ford: The wife of Francis Ford Emily Plumridge
Mistress Margaret Page: The wife of George Page Grainne Harling
Mistress Anne Page: The daughter of Master and Mistress Page Tilly Mitchell
Mistress Quickly: Housekeeper of Doctor Caius Ginnie Freeman
Jane Rugby: A servant of Doctor Caius Jenny Weeks
John: A servant of Francis & Alice Ford Pam Pitts-Simmons
Robert: A servant of Francis & Alice Ford Maureen Smith

Photos from the Dress Rehearsal

“What an incredible result and a truly amazing amount you have raised for us over the years. (£101,626 to CBUK)

Please pass on my thanks to everyone involved in the production. To have pulled it off this year of all years was no mean feat, and the tremendous funds raised will make such a difference to us in our work.”

​​Ann Chalmers
Chief Executive of ​Child Bereavement UK

COVID Statement: Whilst planning our July performances, we will continue to monitor the latest recommendations and guidance for outdoor events in respect of the Covid 19 pandemic. When our production begins, we are confident that, by following the latest government and scientific advice, we will be able to provide an environment that is safe and comfortable for both performers and our audiences.

To facilitate social distancing, we will not be using our covered stand this year and seating will be in the open air as it was for our very successful production of As You Like It at Stubbings in 2013 and our four productions prior to that in Beaconsfield & Bath.