The Merry Wives of Windsor open-air theatre 18th July 2023

The Merry Wives of Windsor open-air theatre

Tuesday 18 July, 7pm (gates open 6pm for picnics)

Martineau Gardens, 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5 7UG.

£15 adult/£12 child/£48 family of 4 (2 adults max). / tickets available on the gate

Car park – Martineau Gardens and overflow at Priory Club (Tennis ) – access from Priory Road – with kind permission

We’re delighted to welcome back Folksy Theatre with their 2023 productions.  Experience the gardens transformed into an outdoor theatre, with the deck of the Pirate Shipwreck playarea becoming the stage for Shakespeare’s comedy ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’.

A story of marriage, wealth, jealousy and lies. Falstaff is down on his luck, so decides to restore his fortunes by seducing the wives of two wealthy merchants. The wives discover he sent them identical letters and take revenge by playing tricks on Falstaff when he comes calling. This comic humiliation of a foolish, would-be seducer is filled with live music and colourful characters.

About the Event

This is an open-air event, so please come prepared for the weather!

The show will take place around the deck of the Shipwreck Playarea. Seating will be provided  on the area in front of the deck, which is covered with bark chippings. We will put out our wooden picnic tables and folding chairs, we now have quite a selection.  You are welcome to bring your own folding chairs if you prefer.

Bring a picnic to enjoy beforehand – with gates opening to ticket holders one hour before at 6pm (the show starts at 7pm). The show will last approximtaely 2 hours and 20 minutes and an interval is included.

* Information correct at time of writing 


£15 adult/£12 child/£48 family of 4 (2 adults max).

Child tickets are 2-16, under 2’s are free.

How to purchase:

Booking in advance recommended, to avoid disappointment. There are tickets available on the gate.

  • online: Book on-line with Folksy Theatre    (booking opens 1 April 2023) until the day before the show; booking fee applies
  • In person from Martineau Gardens Monday to Friday 10am  -4pm  (cash  and card sales, no booking fee) in advance, booking opens late spring, until 2pm on the day of the show. This is a paperless ticket event, the name of the person booking for you will be your reference. Tickets on sale from 1 April. Call 0121 440 7430 Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm.
  • On the gate, subject to availability. 
  • Refund policy: Tickets are non-refundable. The performance will take place whatever the weather (unless dangerous);  if the performance is cancelled, audience members will be refunded.

Getting to the Event:

Martineau Gardens is close to the MAC and opposite the Priory Hospital.  There is a small car park on site at Martineau Gardens. Our  overflow parking provision will be at Priory Club (Tennis ) – access from Priory Road – with kind permission.

The Gardens are served by buses 1, 45, 47, 61 or 63  and there is a covered bike rack on site, located close to the Pavilion.

For full location details, click here.

Take a look at photographs from previous productions, here at Martineau Gardens and around the country

More theatre?

Folksy Theatre is returning to Martineau Gardens later in the month with their family production of  ‘The Ugly Duckling’.  Find out more here:

‘The Ugly Duckling’, Sun 23 July, 2pm (gates open for picnics at 1pm)