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Title:The Merry Wives of Windsor; or, Harlequin and Sir John Falstaff
Description:The Merry Wives of Windsor; or, Harlequin and Sir John Falstaff a Harlequinaded version.
Theatre:Surrey
Source:The Illustrated London News, Dec 28, 1850, p. 514
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Review:The Illustrated London News, Dec 28, 1850, p. 514

SURREY.

This transpontine theatre has turned "The Merry Wives of Windsor" into a harlequinade.  The Christmas pantomime is, in fact, "Shakspeare [sic] Burlesqued;" and, as characterising the management of the theatre generally, it may, perhaps, be permitted to pass without censure.  Windsor-Park and environs furnish the subjects of the scene, and the story of the drama is literally followed up to the commencement of the transformation.  Falstaff, Ford, and Page, with their wives, &c., being reproduced in exaggerated semblances.  Sorry work; but to this profanation great poets are subjected by the irreverent and the selfish.  All the appointments are of a costly description.  The gorgeous pavilion of butterflies and the National Exhibition of 1851 are both attractive scenes.

The scene engraved is the never-to-be forgotten incident of the buck-basket in Datchet Mead.



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Originally published by Greenwood Press as The Sans Pareil Theatre 1806-1819, Adelphi Theatre 1819-1850: An Index to Authors, Titles, Performers, 1988, and The Adelphi Theatre 1850-1900: An Index to Authors, Titles, Performers and Management, 1992.
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