I nearly didn't spot this two-night event in time to blog about it! This weekend coming, Sunday the 16th and Monday the 17th of June, the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre's touring production of the outrageous comedy Taming Of The Shrew is being performed in the open air at Herstmonceux Castle. At the time of writing, there are still tickets available. The all-female cast previously performed at the Globe and are now touring with their own Elizabethan-style stage. If you have been watching the fascinating Ian Mortimer series Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England on BBC2, you'll already know exactly how to dress and behave for the occasion!
Two wealthy sisters in Padua must be married off. The modest, demure Bianca has no shortage of suitors, but who on earth will take the wild, ungovernable, ‘shrewish’ Katherina? Perhaps the gold-digging Petruchio, as maddeningly strongwilled and perverse as Katherina herself, will be equal to the task of bullying her to the altar.
The venue advises that audience members bring their own "rugs, cushions, low backed chairs, picnics and an Elizabethan appetite for gloriously liberating open air theatre. The performance will take place on the lawns in front of the castle and will go ahead regardless of the weather." The grounds will be open for about an hour and a half prior to each performance for picnicking.
Herstmonceux Castle, Sun 16th Jun, 18:00 and Mon 17th Jun, 19:00.
Tickets £18.50 (£13.50 concessions), available online or by calling 0207 401 9919.
To make enquiries, please call 01323 834479.