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  • Four stars

    The Independent

    "The play has never felt so strongly feminist… The production is ablaze with energy and throngs with strong, quirky performances…"
  • Four stars

    The Times

    "The play bursts with slap(stick) and tickle, prats and pratfalls and lots of laughs - there is not a weak link in the cast."
  • The Stage

    "The centrepiece performers are – rightly, given the trajectory of Shakespeare’s plot – the double act of Lacey and Cordingly… It’s consciously very silly and in parts it succeeds at being funny…"

Cast & creative team


  • Mistress Page
    Rebecca Lacey
  • George Page
    Paul Dodds
  • Anne Page
    Karen Fishwick
  • Mistress Ford
    Beth Cordingly
  • Frank Ford
    Vince Leigh
  • Sir Hugh Evans
    David Acton
  • Dr Caius
    Jonathan Cullen
  • Mistress Quickly
    Ishia Bennison
  • John Rugby
    Stevie Basaula
  • Fenton
    Luke Newberry
  • Shallow
    Tim Samuels
  • Slender
    Tom Padley
  • Simple
    John Macaulay
  • Beautician
    Sakuntala Ramanee
  • Sir John Falstaff
    David Troughton
  • Robin
    Nima Taleghani
  • Bardolph
    Charlotte Josephine
  • Pistol
    Afolabi Alli
  • Nym
    Josh Finan
  • The Hostess of the Garter
    Katy Brittain


  • William Shakespeare
  • Fiona Laird
    Director and Composer
  • Lez Brotherston
  • Tim Mitchell
    Lighting Designer
  • Gregory Clarke
    Sound Designer
  • Toby Park
    Physical Comedy Director
  • Sam Spencer-Lane
  • Tom Jordan
    Fight Director
  • Chris Warner
    Music Arranger and Orchestrator
  • Richard Pinner
  • Cathellen McCarron
    Company Voice and Text
  • Peter Bradley
    Assistant Director
  • Gareth Ellis
    Music Director
  • Hannah Miller CDG and Matthew Dewsbury
    CDG Casting Directors
  • David Tanqueray
    Production Manager
  • Karen Large
    Costume Supervisor
  • Lauren Simmonds
    Props Supervisor
  • Suzi Blakey
    Company Manager
  • Emma McKie
    Stage Manager
  • Sarah Caselton-Smith
    Deputy Stage Manager
  • Kimberley Towler
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Kevin Fitzmaurice