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The Herbal Bed – Oxford Playhouse

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Writer:Peter Whelan Director:James Dacre Reviewer: Fergus Morgan While the rest of the English-speaking world is indulging in a veritable jamboree of Shakespeare, English Touring Company has mischievously decided to produce Peter Whelan’s The Herbal Bed, about the bard’s daughter and her sexual indiscretions. It is the first time that this 1996 Olivier-nominated play, which was based on a documented 17th ...

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The Herbal Bed – Theatre Royal, Bath

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Writer:Peter Whelan Director:James Dacre Reviewer: Claire Hayes   As contemporary headlines scream for transparency and the gap between public and private is narrowed, the themes of Peter Whelan’s 1996 play The Herbal Bed seem more relevant than ever. In 1613, James I has been on the throne for ten years. Post-Reformation England is full of social upheaval, as the Puritan ...

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The Herbal Bed – The Lowry, Salford

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Writer: Peter Whelan Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Richard Hall As the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death approaches attention is focussing on the playwright’s colourful life and cultural legacy. In this fascinating play, originally written for the Royal Shakespeare Company, writer Peter Whelan brilliantly evokes Jacobean England as well as providing a speculative glimpse into Shakespeare’s family life in Stratford ...

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The Herbal Bed – Liverpool Playhouse

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Writer: PeterWhalen Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin If this play is to be believed, then Susanna Shakespeare had inherited her father’s gift for colourful invention. When a dalliance with a neighbour starts to threaten her respectable world as a doctor’s wife she persuades her maid Hester to blur the truth. The Herbal Bed - The Secret Life of Shakespeare’s ...

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The Herbal Bed – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Emma Lowndes as Susanna Hall in The Herbal Bed

Director: James Dacre Writer: Peter Whelan Reviewer: Claire Going Love, lies and loyalty are themes which are embodied and explored in this revival of Peter Whelan’s play based on the real-life scandal surrounding Shakespeare’s daughter in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1613, co-produced by Royal &Derngate, Northampton with English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre, Kingston. A passionate, yet not overstated, retelling of a ...

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PREVIEW: 2016 – A look ahead

2015 was a thrilling rollercoaster ride for the theatre scene, with more venues programming exciting and risk-taking productions that complemented a more traditional slate of work. We saw artistic directors leave venues for pastures new and then, in return, gain new visionaries for the future. So as we stand on the precipice of 2016, what theatrical delights await? We asked ...

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NEWS: Royal & Derngate launch Made In Northampton 2015

Northampton’s Royal &Derngate has today announced details of its Made in Northampton 2015 season. The season will launch with a co-production with Northern Stage of Anthony Burgess’ translation of Cyrano De Bergerac, directed by Northen Stage Artistic Director Lorne Campbell. In the 800th anniversary year of the Magna Carter, Royal and Derngate Artistic Director James Dacre will direct Shakespeare’s King ...

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