2011 - The Merry Wives of Windsor

Merry Wives site

This was the third time that Hillbark Players had presented 'The Merry Wives of Windsor', having previously performed it in 1967 in the grounds of Hillbark House and also in 1992 at Poulton Hall.

Dates & Location

Monday 20th June - Saturday 25th June 2011
Evenings at 8.00pm - Saturday matinee at 2.30pm

Royden Park, Frankby, Wirral
Presented in Association with Metropolitan Borough of Wirral


Tickets were sold by the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

Day Seats A Seats B Seats C
Monday, Tuesday £10.00 £12.50 £15.00
Wednesday, Thursday £12.00 £14.00 £16.00
Friday, Saturday Evening £14.00 £16.00 £18.00
Saturday Matinee £10.00 £12.50 £15.00

Discounts were available on Monday and Tuesday evenings for parties of more than 10 people.

                                                                    The full cast at the Finale - Click to enlarge


The production team  


Ann Warr


Assisted by Ruth Stenhouse
Original Music composed by Peter Elliott
Scenic Design Kirsty Brown
Lighting Design Simon Ollman
Sound Design Peter Elliott
Costume Design Jill Breckon
Assisted by Nessa Garland
The Design Team

Fiona Angwin, Kirsty Brown, Gordon Colquhoun,
Val Marshall. Jayne Richings, Amelia Haste
Aiysha Nugent-Robinson, Lucy Griffiths,
Ruth Rundle, Steve Morse

Scenic Construction Richard Smith Collin Graham, Peter Vincent
The Crew
Stage Manager Nigel Cooper
Assisted by Gareth Cooper, Ian Tyrer
Continuity Vanessa Colquhoun
Properties Amelia Haste
Assisted by Sharon Palmer-Johnston
Desna Nugent-Robinson
Sound Engineer Peter Elliott
Chief Electrician Simon Ollman
Lighting Crew Daniel Ellis, Ray Byrne, Richard Stacey,
Peter Clements, Rob Clark, Elspeth McCaig, Vaughan Thomas, Daniel Stenhouse,
Charley Cameron
Other Officials
Front of House Manager Michael Kennedy
Front of House Team Eric Murch, Mildred Murch, Judy Kenwright,
Joan Reynolds-Jones, Frank Disley,
Sheila Disley, Jessie Cussons, Helen Ash,
Brian Jones, Janet Jones, Ray Davies,
Joanne Ellis, Rob Poston, Robert Growcutt, Mike Minter, Helen Belcham,
Jean Beswick, Phillipa Hipwell, Ted Bullen
and many other 'supporting players'
Box Office John Welshman, Katie Welshman
Publicity Nick Sample, Mike Ellis
Posters & Programme design Nick Sample
Audition Assistance Ruth Stenhouse, Wendy Lee

                            Flyer for Production - click to enlarge

Merry Wives site
                                                Entry from woods towards the Arena and Stand B

View from Stand B
                                                                         The view of the arena from Stand B

A wet Friday Night
                                              A wet Friday night - but the Show went on

Full Cast Merry Wives                                 The full cast of Merry Wives, with Director Ann Warr.    ( click to enlarge )

                                                                             The Town of Windsor

Pre-show entertainment - the people of Windsor


Shallow is abused and Bardolph, Nym and Pistol go on trial

The opening of the Play - ****video****

The entry of Ann Page

Falstaff and 'friends' at the Garter Inn
Dr Cauis's House
The Merry Wives compare letters
Master Ford becomes Master Brook
Sir Hugh Evans & Dr Caius prepare to fight
Sir Hugh Evans & Dr Caius fight
Falstaff ends up in the basket

Nick Sample


Fenton and Anne Page profess their love
Falstaff gets a ducking
Falstaff tries his suit a second time
The plot to marry Anne Page and seek revenge on the Host of the Garter $ Falstaff
The shaming of Falstaff at Hearne's Oak and The Masque 
The Masque at the matinee
Final reconciliations
The full cast




The set

Site Layout

Informal set up and strike