Tying herself in a ‘Windsor’ knot


One of Shakespeare’s most infamous characters is coming to Dunedin.

Sir John Falstaff, the drinking, bawdy knight, will be played by award-winning actress Katie Boyle, but there is a difference – she will also play every other person in The Merry Wives of Windsor

The 90-minute, one-woman rendition of the comedy, including all 10 characters, will be staged tonight, from 7pm, at Dunedin’s New Athenaeum Theatre.

Boyle is taking the show on an extensive tour across New Zealand, giving 40 performances.

In The Merry Wives of Windsor, Falstaff attempts to woo Mistress Page and Mistress Ford at the same time, so he can get the money he needs to pay his men.

When the wives discover his intentions, they seek revenge – getting the whole town of Windsor involved in the process.

Directed by Alexander Sparrow, the play features the infamous knight, a Welsh parson, a flamboyant hotel owner, a drunk pickpocket, and many more memorable characters – all played by Boyle.

The work of Shakespeare is a great love for the actress, who has performed with touring Shakespeare company, Lord Lackbeards, for several years.