The Herbal Bed

“I have always wanted that which I cannot have”

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

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.

Feb 16
Feb 16
Venue: Royal
Age: Recommended for ages 12+
Duration: approx 145min (including interval)


Cast & Creative Team