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The Herbal Bed

  • 05 Feb - 27 Feb 2016 Royal
  • Tickets from: £10 plus transaction fee
  • Running Time: Approx 145mins including interval
  • Suitability: Recommended for ages 12+
  • Access: Disabled

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A co-production with English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston

“I have always wanted that which I cannot have.”

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 emotional thriller, based upon real events from Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613.

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.

“MARVELLOUS, TENDER, WISE AND GENEROUS OF SPIRIT… A REMARKABLY PERSUASIVE AND TOUCHING PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY IN CRISIS” DAILY TELEGRAPH ON THE HERBAL BED

"A SERIOUSLY GRIPPING PIECE OF THEATRE" BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

"A FINELY TEXTURED TAPESTRY OF LOVE AND LIES" NEW YORK TIMES

For information on childrens casting for The Herbal Bed click here.


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Reviews

Press Reviews

What's Good To Do 10/02/2016

★★★★★ "THIS PLAY WAS EXCELLENT AND I WOULD REALLY RECOMMEND IT"

TheatreCat 10/02/2016

★★★★ "CAREFUL RESPECT OF PERIOD COMBINES WITH UNIVERSAL RECOGNIZABLE HUMANITY IN A TIGHT, INSTINCTIVELY CONNECTED ENSEMBLE"

The Times 10/02/2016

★★★★"ITS PLEASURES ARE SUBTLE, AND QUITE BEAUTIFUL"

The Reviews Hub 01/01/1970

★★★★ "A SENSITIVE, WELL-WRITTEN AND BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED PIECE OF THEATRE"

The Guardian 17/02/2016

★★★★ “THIS IS A LOVELY, COMPASSIONATE PLAY FULL OF OLD-FASHIONED VIRTUES AND IT GETS A PRODUCTION TO MATCH ITS FILIGREE DELICACY IN JAMES DACRE’S REVIVAL”

Whatsonstage 15/02/2016

★★★★ "HANDSOME, BEAUTIFULLY REALISED AND IMPECCABLY PRESENTED"

Morning Star 13/02/2016

"A REMARKABLE PRODUCTION OF A REMARKABLE PLAY"

Sunday Telegraph 14/02/2016

★★★★ “A BEAUTIFULLY ACCOMPLISHED REVIVAL… IT’D BE A SCANDAL TO MISS THIS”

The Independent 10/02/2016

★★★★ "A LUMINOUS LABOUR OF LOVE"

Northampton Chronicle & Echo 10/02/2016

"ANOTHER TRIUMPH"

Daily Mail 12/02/2016

★★★★ "WELL-CRAFTED... THE ACTING, TOO, IS TAUT"

The Stage 09/02/2016

★★★★"MIXES FULL-BLOODED EMOTION WITH HIGH-STAKES INTELLECTUAL DEBATE"

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