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Culture Watch: 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' at UCLA's Royce Hall

May 4, 2011 |  9:00 am

Hanks Tom Hanks, Kenneth Branagh, Faith Hill, William Shatner, Christina Applegate and many more actors will gather onstage for the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles' production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" on Monday for a star-studded celebration of the center's 25th anniversary.

Seats for the fundraising event at UCLA's Royce Hall are going for $95 and $175, with VIP seats at $500. Proceeds will benefit the Shakespeare Center and its youth employment, education and community-outreach programs. Hanks is chairing the event along with his wife, Rita Wilson.

"Merry Wives," directed by Ben Donenberg, will have a country-Western theme and feature singer Reba McEntire. The comedy follows the romantic and sexual escapades for Sir John Falstaff (Shatner) and the women he vainly attempts to seduce.


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-- David Ng

Photo (top): Tom Hanks. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

Photo (bottom): Hanks with wife Rita Wilson. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times