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Herbal Bed, The

Synopsis
A video recording of the play by Peter Whelan commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The play is set in 1613 and is concerned with Susannah, daughter of William Shakespeare, who is accused of adultery with Rafe Smith. Her husband, Dr John Hall, is suspicious of their relationship, but stands up for his wife when she takes her accuser to court for slander.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
9 Jan 1997
Duration
150 mins

Credits

Director
Michael Attenborough
Writer
Peter Whelan
Music
Adrian Johnston
Cast
Charlotte JonsElizabeth Hall (alt)
David TennantJack Lane
Jo McInnesHester Fletcher
Joseph FiennesRafe Smith
Liam CunninghamJohn Hall
Olivia JacobElizabeth Hall (alt)
Raymond BowersBishop Parry
Stephen BoxerBarbabus Goche
Teresa BanhamSusannah Hall

Additional Details

Theatre
Pit, Barbican
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
biographies; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The play was also recorded on a single, fixed camera, by the Royal Shakespeare Company at The Other Place in 1996. The V&A Theatre & Performance Collections, National Video Archive of Performance recording may also be viewed at the Shakespeare Centre.
History
Evening performance recorded.
Reviews
Billington, Michael. The Guardian 24 May 1996.

Archive

Name

V&A Theatre & Performance Collections: National Video Archive of Performance

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