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The Merry Wives of Windsor

July 11 - 28, 2019

 The Merry Wives of Windsor is a bawdy and riotous romp that stars one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comic characters. Falstaff, an impoverished knight in search of wealth, sets his sights on two married wealthy women. Little does he know, these “merry wives” have a few tricks up their sleeves.

Tips on Attending the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival

  • Our outdoor performances are on the lawn.  Make yourself comfortable … bring lawn chairs or blankets.  On a cool evening you may want a sweater.  If it rains, we’ll go inside, but a few minor sprinkles won't stop us, so some bring an umbrella.

  • Pick your perfect spot. We provide a forward section for blankets and low-seat lawn chairs.  Regular height chairs go right behind, so everyone can see.  Please note that we do not provide chairs on site, so please feel free to bring anything you are comfortable sitting on. And, sit anywhere … there are no bad locations on the USJ lawn!

  • Sun or shade … your Sunday choice.  At our 5:30 P.M. Sunday performances, choose the sunny (east) side of the lawn or shady (west) side.

  • There weren’t microphones at Shakespeare’s Globe TheatreWe preserve the authenticity of the natural, unamplified voice.  Consider sitting close to the action if hearing may be a concern.  Or, you can come on a rainy day, and enjoy the indoor acoustics of air-conditioned Hoffman Auditorium, our rain location situated adjacent to the outdoor space.

  • It’s a festival! Feel free to bring food and drink, for a picnic as simple or elegant as you please.  From Doritos to Dom Perignon, we have seen it all.  There will also be a variety of food choices and beverages available at the venue. More information as the show gets closer!

  • The show must go on. Of course we prefer to perform outdoors, but should Mother Nature choose to rile up a tempest, we have the luxury of performing in the adjacent Hoffman Auditorium, an absolute gem of a venue and perfect for Shakespeare.  So, come rain or come shine, we will be on stage and performing.


Pre-show Entertainment


o Each Thursday at 7:00 PM: Young artists from programs in our community perform work they have created during summer arts programs.

o Each Friday at 7:00 PM: Longtime festival favorites, The Elizabethan Consort, brings their special blend of song and silliness.

o Each Saturday at 7:00 PM: The Festival welcomes a variety of Connecticut musicians to perform for you, plus a chance to win big at Prize Night during intermission!

o Each Sunday starting at 5:00 PM: Hear short lectures by professors and Shakespearean experts on ideas relating to The Merry Wives of Windsor

Halloween Radio Theatre at The Mark Twain House and Museum


Save the dates ... October 25& 26 at 7:30 PM and October 27 at 2PM.

Just like the days of the golden age of radio, members of the Capital Classics Theatre Company use live sound effects, music and their storytelling vocal skills to tell radio theatre interpretations of classic works of literature.