Since opening in 1997, Shakespeare's Globe has quickly established itself as a major London landmark and a must-visit for fans of England's greatest playwright. The theatre's summer programme for 2013 is well underway, with audiences already being dazzled by star-studded productions of The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the lineup is about to grow with the addition of one of the Bard's most outrageous comedies.
The Taming of the Shrew tells the story of Katharina, a wild, headstrong Paduan lord's daughter, and her suitor Petruchio – who is convinced he can transform her into an obedient and agreeable bride. Meanwhile, Katharina's more traditionally desirable sister Bianca attracts the attentions of a host of competing nobles.
While the 17th century gender politics have troubled some modern commentators, the Globe's new production promises to put an exciting new spin on things by using an all-female cast – inverting the practice of Shakespeare's day, where girls and women were played by men.
The play opens at the Globe on Monday (June 10th) and will later tour the UK, Europe and Asia, but those who fancy having their experience enhanced by the surroundings of an authentic Elizabethan playhouse should consider booking hotel accommodation in London this month.
Performances take place at 2pm and 7:30pm depending on the day and tickets cost just £5 for those willing to stand in the yard. For a little more, attendees can sit in one of the three raised galleries; tickets for these seats cost between £15 and £37.
Shakespeare's Globe is located in Southwark, a short distance from the site of the original theatre on which it was modelled. Visitors can be assured this is the closest they're likely to come to the theatre-going experience of four centuries ago. That said, they'll still be able to take advantage of modern conveniences to get there – the theatre is within walking distance of the Blackfriars, London Bridge and St Paul's tube stops.