Dobson first found fame playing Angie
Watts in EastEnders in the 1980s and has since
appeared in a number of television dramas and sitcoms, including
The Bill, Red Dwarf and
Highlights of her stage career include
being nominated for the 2003 Olivier Award for best actress for her
role in Frozen at the National Theatre and
appearing in Calendar Girls at the Noel Coward
Theatre in 2009. In 2005 she played Gertrude in English Touring
Theatre's production of Hamlet. The Merry Wives of Windsor
will be Dobson's debut with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Desmond Barrit, whose varied stage career includes having played Hector in The History Boys, the Wizard in Wicked! and numerous roles at the RSC and NT, will play Falstaff.
Streatfeild, who appeared at the Crucible most recently in Michael Frayn's Copenhagen, will play the title role, while Blakley portrays his wife. She returns to the theatre following her appearance in its 2005 production of Edward Bond's Lear.
has performed at the National Theatre in Earthquakes in
London and The History Boys and with the
RSC in Henry
V, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 and Henry
VI Parts 1 & 2. His television work includes
Spooks and The Thick of It.
appeared in The Comedy of Errors and