The 21st Annual Simply Shakespeare Celebrity Reading of The Merry Wives of Windsor will be read this year by some top names in country music – Reba, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill. Every year, big-name entertainment artists participate in a staged reading of a Shakespearean Comedy. The reading is Co-Chaired by Rita Wilson and Tim Hanks, and it raises awareness and funds in support of The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles.
The cast this year includes Christine Applegate, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hanks, Faith Hill, Eric Idle, Arte Johnson, Eugene Levy, Tim McGraw, William Shatner (as Falstaff), Martin Short, Tracey Ullman, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins (formerly of Nickel Creek), and Rita Wilson. The performance is set for Monday, May 9, 2011 at 8 p.m. in Los Angeles, CA.