4 Days Left to Stream Shakespeare in the Park's Merry Wives for Free

4 Days Left to Stream Shakespeare in the Park's Merry Wives for Free

Recorded last summer as part of The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park series, there are only 4 days left to stream Jocelyn Bioh’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”

Here's how to watch the MERRY WIVES broadcast, for the next 4 days:



Directed by The Public’s Resident Director Saheem Ali, the production takes a new spin on Shakespeare’s classic and is set in South Harlem where immigrants of the West African diaspora are living together with their African American neighbors.

The play was directed for television by David Horn (Red, Holiday Inn The Broadway Musical, She Loves Me) and filmed in Central Park’s Delacorte Theater in September 2021.

You can stream Merry Wives through Great Performances for free, until June 17th, 2022.

The play won't be going offline on June 17th however, Merry Wives will become part of PBS' Passport program which enables viewers to donate to their local station in order to gain access to various past programming. It is unknown how long the show will be part of the Passport program at this time.

RSC's previous production of The Merry Wives of Windsor from 2018 is also available to stream online.



"Merry Wives" tells the story of the charlatan Falstaff and the wily wives who outwit him. The play is a complete celebration of Black joy, laughter, and vitality.

The show was the main focus of HBO's "Reopening Night" documentary which chronicled the behind-the-scenes story of the Public Theater as it returned to the stage following the pandemic with its first production - Merry Wives.

Starring in the filmed production are Gbenga Akinnagbe (Mister Nduka Ford), Abena (Anne Page), Pascale Armand (Madam Ekua Page), MaYaa Boateng (Fenton/Simple), Phillip James Brannon (Pastor Evans), Joshua Echebiri (Slender/Pistol), Angela Grovey (Mama Quickly), Jacob Ming-Trent (Falstaff), Jennifer Mogbock (Madam Nkechi Ford), Julian Rozzell Jr. (Shallow), Kyle Scatliffe (Mister Kwame Page), and David Ryan Smith (Doctor Caius).

"Merry Wives" is part of the PBS' fifth annual “Broadway’s Best” lineup. The 2022 season included a new documentary on the 2020 Company revival and the West End production of Anything Goes starring Sutton Foster. Both productions can still be streamed online, for a limited time.

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