by Peter Whelan.
The Herbal Bed is a drama set in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1613 and is centred on Susanna Hall, the eldest daughter of William Shakespeare.
The play unfolds around a public accusation of adultery that tests to breaking point the relationships of all the main characters and also throws a revealing light on the harsh realities of life in post-Elizabethan England.
In order to clear her name Susanna takes the case to the ecclesiastical court. By the end of the play it is evident that, although Hall stands by his wife, he does suspect that something has happened between her and Rafe. Things seem to have altered irreparably.
The play was first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1996, with a cast including David Tennant and Joseph Fiennes.
Directed by David Underwood.
Sponsored by John Smith's Brewery.
Rafe Smith - Stephen Giles
Hester Fletcher - Amy Townson
Jack Lane - Richie Nolan
Dr John Hall - Neil Braid
Susanna Hall - Sarah Mather
Bishop Parry of Worcester - Clive Jones
Barnabas Goche - Keith Evans
Elizabeth Hall - Mary McBain
Showing at the Theatre during the play will be an exhibition of paintings by Elfyn Evans. This is free to view for anyone visiting the Theatre during its opening times.
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