Shakespeare festival comes to King's

Two actors in The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival is staging The Merry Wives of Windsor and Macbeth at King's this summer.

The Merry Wives of Windsor is a popular comedy and the only Shakespeare play set in England. It follows the efforts of Sir John Falstaff (from the Henry IV plays) to seduce two middle class housewives for their money and their personal charms. The women soon realise his game and turn the tables on him, with farcical consequences.

Macbeth, meanwhile, is a fast-paced and violent tragedy. It starts with the prophesy of three witches and follows Macbeth on his murderous journey to fulfil the prophesy and become king, only to find the witches' prophesy had an unexpected twist.

The Merry Wives of Windsor runs 13 July - 1 August 2015, and Macbeth 3 August - 29 August 2015. Tickets cost £16 (12 concessions) and are available from the festival website. Performances start at 7.30pm, and the gate to the Fellows' Garden is on Queen's Road, opposite the back of King's College.

2 July 2015