Herstmonceux Castle the backdrop for Globe Theatre performances

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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is taking a new production of The Taming of the Shrew on the road this summer as part of its award-winning small-scale touring programme.

A small troupe of actors will perform on a traditional booth stage – inspired by Elizabethan paintings and etchings – in the

beautiful gardens of Herstmonceux Castle on Sunday and Monday, June 16 and 17.

A limited number of £10 tickets are available for the Monday evening performance.

This is a rare opportunity to experience the freshness and simplicity of the theatre tour as it was in Shakespeare’s day.

The outrageous comedy tells the story of two wealthy sisters in Padua who must be married off. But will the swaggering adventurer, Petruchio be up to the task of taming the ungovernable Katharina? Flirtation, trickery and a good dash of Shakespearean wit is played out before the ‘shrew’ is seemingly transformed into a dutiful wife.

The Taming of the Shrew will be performed with an all-female cast, as it was in the play’s inaugural performance at The Globe in 2003. The tour will conclude with four nights in Hong Kong and 10 nights in Singapore – the first foray into Asia for a Globe theatre tour.

Kate Lamb takes on the role of Katherina while Leah Whitaker plays Petruchio. The play will be directed by Joe Murphy, who is also the Artistic Director of Nabokov, an acclaimed new writing company. Designer Hannah Clark won the Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design in 2005.

The Taming of The Shrew will be performed at 16 dramatic venues in the UK, Europe and Asia including the the spectacular Minack Theatre in Cornwall. The troupe will also visit Malta Arts Festival in July and Hong Kong’s prestigious Lyric Theatre in September.

In October, Singapore’s tropical Fort Canning park will provide a verdant outdoor setting for the final performances of the tour.

Kate Lamb trained at LAMDA and her previous theatre credits include Smack Family Robinson (Rose Theatre), Summer & Smoke (Southwark Playhouse) and After The Party (Criterion Theatre). Leah Whitaker trained at RADA and has previously appeared in The Heretic (Royal Court), Earthquakes in London (Headlong/National Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Milton Rooms).

For booking information, please visit www.shakespearesglobe.com