The Herbal Bed - a play about Shakespeare’s daughter on trial- at the Cambridge Arts
- Credit: Photo by Mark Douet
The Herbal Bed - by Peter Whelan - is at the Cambridge Arts Theatre from March 1-5.
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. It was first produced to great acclaim by the Royal Shakespeare Company before transferring to the West End and Broadway.
Performances are at 7.45pm, with matinee shows on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced from £18-£33 and are available from the box office: 01223 503333 and www.cambridgeartstheatre.com.