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Bristol Old Vic presents Merry Wives of Windsor
2005-07-11 11:18:33

The world famous Bristol Old Vic Theatre School brought its national tour of Shakespeare's hilarious comedy the Merry Wives of Windsor to Cyprus and played it in amphitheatres across the island.

A cast and crew of 20 had flown over from England.Andrew Normington, the Associate Principal of Bristol Old Vic, said:

"We were very excited at the prospect of coming to Cyprus to perform the Merry Wives. It was a unique opportunity to bring our work to a wider international audience by performing one of Shakespeare's most joyous plays in a magnificent setting."

The Merry Wives of Windsor is the story of Falstaff, the fun-loving scoundrel knight who causes upset in the quiet town of Windsor when he decides to seduce not one, but two married women to get his hands on their husbands' money.

The wives discover his plan and decide to have their revenge by playing along with Falstaff and plotting their own tricks on him.

The premiere took place at the Curium Amphitheatre on 5th July, and then went to Nicosia's Skali Amphitheatre for a performance on the 6th, before moving to the Odeon in Paphos for the final two performances on the 10th and 11th of July.

The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School was founded by Sir Laurence Olivier in 1946, and Peter O'Toole was among the first students of the school. Other names that have passed through Bristol Old Vic include Academy Award winners Daniel Day-Lewis and Jeremy Irons.

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