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The Merry Wives of Windsor

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First Folio Theatre presents Shakespeare’s classic comedy THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR on its outdoor main stage situated on the scenic slopes of the historic Mayslake Peabody Estate. THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR previews July 9, opens Saturday, July 12 at 8:15 p.m., and runs through August 10, 2014. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy First Folio Theatre’s annual “Shakespeare under the Stars” production, directed by Jeff Award nominee Nick Sandys.

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR stars Shakespeare’s greatest (and largest) comic character, Sir John Falstaff, who was too huge to be contained by his original appearance in Henry IV. Short on money, the rotund Falstaff sets out on a quest to seduce not just one, but two wealthy married women, who then decide to turn the tables on Falstaff and teach him a lesson in fidelity and honesty. The New York Times raves that this classic tale is “Sparkling! Brims with joy!”

The cast is led by Brian McCartney as “Sir John Falstaff” (Taming of the Shrew and As You Like It at First Folio Theatre), Patrice Egleston as “Mistress Page” (Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth at First Folio Theatre), Meg Warner as “Anne Page” (Northanger Abbey at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company), Lydia Berger Gray as “Mistress Ford” (Jeeves Takes A Bow and Richard III at First Folio Theatre), and Fred Geyer as “Fenton” (The Pitchfork Disney at Athenaeum Theatre).

First Folio Theatre is in its 18th season of bringing high-quality performances of Shakespeare and other classics to the stage. During that time, the theater has expanded from an annual summer production to a year-round operation with three separate and distinct stages at the historic Mayslake Peabody Estate. The Shakespeare Book of Lists names First Folio Theatre one of the “150 Great Places to See a Shakespeare Play.”

MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR previews July 9, opens July 12, and runs through August 10, 2014. All performances take place at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, located at 1717 W 31st St., off Rt. 83, in Oak Brook. First Folio is easy to get to from via the East-West Tollway (I-88) or the Stevenson Expressway (I-55). Free parking is available on the grounds. Preview tickets are $22. Regular priced tickets are $30 Wednesdays and Thursdays (seniors and students are $26), and $37 on Fridays through Sundays (seniors and students are $32). All performances are at 8:15 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 630.986.8067 or online at www.firstfolio.org.

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