Shakespeare in Delaware Park (SDP) is pleased to announce the second production of the 2008 season of free professional outdoor theater. After a rainy start to the 33rd SDP season, KING LEAR closed Sunday July 13th entertaining record crowds. Shakespeare in Delaware Park will now continue with THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. This comedy is known to be the only Shakespeare play to deal exclusively with contemporary English Life and features the famous “fat knight” Sir John Falstaff, which will be played by local favorite Norm Sham.

As a “must-see summer event” Shakespeare in Delaware Park reaches more than 40,000 audience members each year and is proud to be celebrating 33 incredible years of high-quality professional theatre which remains FREE for the public to enjoy. As a special feature for this production, Artistic Director Saul Elkin will present a 30 minute pre-show talk with the audience at 6:45pm on Wednesday July 30th and August 6th before THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR performance.

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR cast also features veterans: Beth Donahue, Susan Drozd, Paul Todaro and Chrissy McDonald. Directed by Steve Vaughan, costume design by Ken Shaw and set design by Ron Schwartz. Shakespeare in Delaware Park performances are held every evening (except Mondays) at 7:30 p.m. Shows take place on Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park, next to Hoyt Lake behind the Rose Garden, off Lincoln Parkway near the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Further information may be obtained at www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org or by calling (716) 856-4533.

2008 Season Sponsor M&T Bank returns as the main corporate sponsor, a role M&T has played for the past 14 seasons. Additional funding comes from members and voluntary audience donations, as well as the Erie County Cultural Resources Advisory Board (ECCRAB) and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Peter C. Cornell Trust. Media sponsorship is provided by The Buffalo News, WGRZ Channel 2 and WBFO. Travers Collins donates creative work.