Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

1 – 11 December

Here comes Sir John, wide of girth, broad of humour and bold in his desires. See this ruddy-nosed knight in all his grubby magnificence, ready to revel in Verdi’s glorious score.

Here come some coney-catching rascals, fond of a tankard of beer. Here come two merry wives with keen wits and cunning plans. And here come the young folk, true of heart and fair of song.

Who will look after this colourful mess of characters? Fear not, they are in good hands, for Verdi, the master dramatist, will out-Shakespeare Shakespeare in this late, great comedy. Don't forget: he who laughs last, laughs longest.