The Herbal Bed
“I have always wanted that which I cannot have.”
Based upon real events from Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613…When William Shakespeare’s daughter is publicly accused of adultery with her neighbour, her husband chooses to stand by her, suing her accuser for slander. In doing so, their lives fall under the glare of intense public scrutiny in this emotion
A powerful exposé of the contradiction between human desire and social convention which seeks to repress it, Peter Whelan’s moving and uplifting play provides a beautiful evocation of life in Shakespearian England. It was first produced to great acclaim by the Royal Shakespeare Company before transferring to the West End and Broadway.
Duration 2hrs 25 minutes incl. interval 12yrs+