‘Merry Wives’ production at Broad Stage is missing its director
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Director Christopher Luscombe will be unable to attend his own production of the Shakespeare comedy, which officially opens Friday night, the Broad Stage said. That’s because he has to fill in for a cast member in the current West End production of ‘When We Are Married,’ which he also directed.
Actor Sam Kelly injured his foot and has had to bow out of the J.B. Priestley comedy, playing at London’s Garrick Theatre. Luscombe will be replacing him in the role for an undetermined time period.
The Broad said that for the last two weeks, Luscombe has redirected the U.S. premiere of this production of ‘Merry Wives’ in London with his associate director, Sarah Norman, who will oversee the staging in Santa Monica. The production is scheduled to run through Oct. 24 at the Broad Stage.
Restaging the play for the Broad is no easy task, as was noted in a recent Sunday Arts & Books story about the production. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is famous for creating the outdoor setting of the famous Elizabethan theater where the Bard’s plays were originally performed.
‘Merry Wives’ has a cast that includes Christopher Benjamin as Falstaff, Serena Evans as Mistress Page and Sarah Woodward as Mistress Ford. The production ran at the Globe Theatre in London and is also set to tour to New York’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Performing Arts and other venues in the U.K.
-- David Ng
Sarah Woodward, Christopher Benjamin and Serena Evans in ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor.’ Credit: John Tramper / Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre