Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 April
On its first national tour, The Herbal Bed arrives at Oxford Playhouse in a major new production. Originally produced to great acclaim by the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Herbal Bed was a huge hit in the West End and on Broadway, with an Olivier award nomination and writer Peter Whelan winning Playwright of the Year.
Based upon real events from Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613, The Herbal Bed is an emotional thriller recounting the public trial of Susanna Hall, Shakespeare’s daughter. Accused of adultery with her neighbour, Susanna and her husband fall under the glare of intense public scrutiny as they sue her accuser for slander. From Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 April, be privy to the lives, lies and loves of the townsfolk in Shakespearian England. The beautiful, exquisite period design and costumes set this firmly as a stunning period piece.
Directed by Royal & Derngate Artistic Director James Dacre, this English Touring Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Rose Theatre Kingston co-production stars Emma Lowndes (Downton Abbey, Cranford) and includes two time Olivier nominee Charlotte Wakefield alongside a cast with bundles of experience at the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Globe and on the West End. The performance features original music by acclaimed Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson, who has previously worked with Bjork, Thom Yorke and Damon Albarn, and collaborated on films such as Being John Malkovich. With the Saturday shows falling on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, this seems the most fitting way to commemorate the great man himself.
Tickets for The Herbal Bed at Oxford Playhouse start from £11.50 and are available from the Ticket Office on 01865 305305 or book online at www.oxfordplayhouse.com
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