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How did a company tour in Shakespeare's day?
We know that when the theatres closed, a small group of actors, juggling a variety of roles in three or four plays from their extensive repertoire, would leave London and head off on tour.
We also know that the choice of play or entertainment was left to the most powerful person of the household.
So, following in the tradition of our resident playwright, and in a first for Shakespeare's Globe, between May and September 2018 a company of eight actors will offer audiences a choice of three plays: The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night.
They will perform all three at the Globe before setting out on a national and international tour. And also in keeping with tradition - and with thrilling unpredictability - the choice of play will be put back into the hands of the most powerful members of the house: the audience.
Brendan O'Hea, director, actor, and passionate education practitioner, has previously performed in a number of productions at Shakespeare's Globe including Cymbeline (2015), Measure for Measure (2015), A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014), and Henry V (2012).
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.
Shakespeare's outrageous comedy introduces one of theatre's great screwball double-acts, a couple hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other right up to the play's controversial conclusion.
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London SE1 9DT
Performance days & times
Sunday 13 May, 6.30pm
Friday 7 September, 7.30pm
Friday 11 May, 2.00pm
Sunday 13 May, 1.00pm
Yard (standing) £5
Gallery (seated) from £22
Luke Brady - Lucentio
Steffan Cennydd - Hortensio / Pedant
Cynthia Emeagi - Baptista
Sarah Finigan - Bianca / Grumio
Colm Gormley - Petruchio
Russell Layton - Tranio / Widow
Rhianna McGreevy - Katherina
Jacqueline Phillps - Gremio / Vincentio
Author: William Shakespeare
Composer: Bill Barclay
Director: Brendan O'Hea
Designer: Andrew D Edwards
Choreography: Siân Williams