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Merry Wives of Windsor

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Introduction
Shakespeare’s jovial Sir John Falstaff is first seen in his 1597 history play, Henry IV Part I. The Merry Wives comedy was reputedly also composed in 1597 - by command of Queen Elizabeth I to show Falstaff in love... It was written in The King’s Head ceramic’s building!

 Windsor’s Theatre Royal dates from 1910. A cinema from 1929, it was reopened in 1938 by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother). Owned by producer Bill Kenwright, many shows here transfer to London’s West End. Photo by Jim Linwood.

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Hazle Ceramics
Merry Wives of Windsor
RARE: Prototype on back, differs from LP. Only 6 /30 pieces painted in total.
on Northampton
With added 22 carat gold

£85.50 Worldwide
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The Merry Wives of Windsor
This was likely performed in 1597 at Windsor Castle and also by strolling players in Peascod Street opposite. Being rather short of money, Falstaff tries to woo two rich and married friends, Mistresses Ford and Page, in the hope of blackmailing their husbands. The wives’ roles as clever and witty women may have flattered The Queen. They play many tricks that humiliate Sir John. He comes to realise his stupidity with good nature. The play and its subplots end happily. The nine operas based on the story include Verdi’s Falstaff.

 Falstaff at Herne’s Oak: James Stephanoff 1832. The two wives get him to dress as Herne the Hunter, a ghost reportedly seen in Windsor Forest. Windsor Castle is left, under the moon.

 Herne the Hunter as on the ceramic. Real places in the tale include Sir John’s hotel and the Merry Wives’ houses. King Edward VII had an oak tree planted to replace a previous Herne’s Oak near Frogmore House.

 Part of the south side of Windsor Castle and start of the Long Walk and Windsor Great Park, formerly Windsor Forest. Photo: Andrew Smith.

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