Performance Photos by Errich Petersen: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR by William Shakespeare, Austin Shakespeare, to May 27, 2018

(Performance photos by Errich Petersen)


Austin Shakespeare will transform the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater into the world of a classic ‘50s sitcom for their Free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Produced in collaboration with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department for the 34th year,  Co-directed by artistic director Ann Ciccolella and Gwendolyn Kelso, this year’s play will be a nostalgic tribute to shows like “I Love Lucy.” 


Babs George, Toby Minor, Gwenolyn Kelso (photo by Errich Petersen)
Babs George, Toby Minor, Gwenolyn Kelso (photo by Errich Petersen)

Toby Minor will play the legendary Falstaff, who plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing two wealthy “merry wives” played by Austin Shakespeare regulars Babs George and Gwendolyn Kelso. Their husbands, the irate Mr. Ford and the mild-mannered Mr. Page, will be performed by Nick Lawson and Chuck Winkler. Other Austin Shakes alumni actors include Johanna Whitmore as the lively Mistress Quickly and Michael Lucas as the zany Dr. Caius.


 Actors new to Austin Shakespeare include: Clara Hayes as the ingénue Anne Page; Jared Tseng as the reluctant suitor Slender; Chris Thompson as Shallow; and James Byers as the Welsh Reverend Hugh Evans.


The audience is encouraged to bring blankets, low chairs, and a picnic to enjoy their evening on the grassy hillside. Some chairs are available. The Zilker Hillside Theater has an accessible area for all audience members in front of the stage. 



Artistic Director: Ann Ciccolella

Co-Director: Gwendolyn Kelso

Set & Light Designer: Patrick Anthony

Costume Designer: Benjamin Taylor Ridgway

Sound Designer: Lowell Bartholomee 

Special Music: Peter Stopschinski

The Merry Wives of Windsor
by William Shakespeare
Austin Shakespeare

May 03 - May 27, 2018
Sheffield Hillside Theater in Zilker Park
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX, 78704

 May 3 – 27, 2018

Thursdays – Sundays at 8 pm at the Sheffield Hillside Theatre in Zilker Park

Preview on Wednesday, May 2 at 8 pm