Sir John Falstaff: A farcical old knight, Sir John tries to woo Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. He is unsuccessful and becomes, instead, the butt of their jokes.
Fenton: A penniless gentleman and suitor of Anne Page, Fenton is Anne’s true love and elopes with her, in defiance of her parents.
Robert Shallow: A country justice, Shallow encourages his nephew Slender’s suit of Anne Page.
Abraham Slender: A cousin of Shallow and unsuccessful suitor of Anne Page, Slender’s wit is as slim as his name implies.
Francis Ford: A gentleman of Windsor and husband of Mistress Alice Ford, Master Ford disguises himself as “Brook” to spy on his wife and Falstaff.
George Page: A gentleman of Windsor and husband of Mistress Margaret Page, Master Page is more reasonable and less jealous than Master Ford.
William Page: The youngest son of Master and Mistress Page
Sir Hugh Evans: A Welsh parson
Doctor Caius: A French physician and unsuccessful suitor of Anne Page
Host of the Garter Inn
Bardolph: A follower and friend of Falstaff
Pistol: A follower and friend of Falstaff
Nym: A follower and friend of Falstaff
Robin: A page of Falstaff
Peter Simple: A servant of Slender, Simple’s name describes him well
John Rugby: A servant of Doctor Caius
Mistress Alice Ford: The wife of Francis Ford and one of the objects of Falstaff’s wooing, Mistress Ford not only teaches Falstaff a lesson, but also exposes her husband’s jealousy and foolishness.
Mistress Margaret Page: The wife of George Page and one of the objects of Falstaff’s wooing, Mistress Page helps in teaching Falstaff a much-needed lesson.
Mistress Anne Page: The daughter of Master and Mistress Page, Anne is in love with and eventually elopes with Fenton.
Mistress Quickly: A servant of Doctor Caius
If you are unfamiliar with the play, here is a link to a site which provides the full text of the script: https://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org/html/Wiv.html .
Please note that there will be cuts to the final version of the script that we’ll be using.
Age ranges for the characters are fairly fluid and is more a matter of matching up groups of characters within the play. For example, the Ford and Page couples, plus Falstaff, should probably be fairly close in age (although perhaps Falstaff could be a little bit older). Anne, Fenton, Slender and Falstaff’s entourage (Bardolph/Nym/Pistol) are all fairly young. The remainder of the roles are less certain in my mind – Mistress Quickly is a good example who could probably be anything from 30s to 60s, in the hands of the right actress.
Gender designation is also flexible for a number of the characters, including Sir Hugh Evans, the Host of the Garter, and one of Bardolph/Pistol/Nym.