Full Length Play
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 16th Century / Elizabethan
Settings Of Play - At the Boar's Head Tavern in Eastcheap, London, the Dolphin Room
by the sea-coal fire, with some wooden tables and stools, and a bedroom
chamber, with bed. Also, the Fleet Prison.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
This big, colorful, uproariously funny and ultimately moving play tells the story of the Shakespearean characters who meet at the Boar's Head Tavern in East Cheap. We see the scenes Shakespeare tells us about but leaves out of Henry IV, Parts One and Two; Henry V; and The Merry Wives of Windsor, centering on Doll Tearsheet, her unrequited love for Ned Poins, Ned's sister Nell, impregnated by Prince Hal, and Robin, a girl masquerading as a tavern boy, also in love with Ned. Bardolph, Mistress Quickley, Justice Shallow, Pistol, Jane Nightwork and a host of other characters who live at the edge of Shakespeare move to the center in this play, along with Jack Falstaff and a dead Windmill Keeper who might be Shakespeare himself. The language is rich, the characterizations compelling, and the play has a surprisingly powerful resonance of its own. The latest of Nigro's ongoing investigations of Shakespeare and his worlds.
First presented at York University in York, Pennsylvania. Directed by James McGhee.