Production images have been released for the first major revival of The Herbal Bed by Peter Whelan. Check out the pictures below (click image to enlarge).
Starring Emma Lowndes and Charlotte Wakefield, the production is currently playing the Royal & Derngate in Northampton before touring to Cambridge, Liverpool, Exeter, Brighton, Salford, Bath, Oxford and Kingston. Completing the cast are Philip Correia, Patrick Driver Jonathan Guy Lewis, Michael Mears and Matt Whitchurch. Direction is by James Dacre.
Based upon real events from Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613, The Herbal Bed is an emotional thriller recounting the public trial of Shakespeare’s daughter. Accused of adultery with her neighbour, Susanna and her husband fall under the glare of intense public scrutiny as they sue her accuser for slander. 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 Shakespearean England.
Photo Credit: Mark Douet