Shuswap Theatre Presents ‘The Herbal Bed’


Shuswap Theatre presents their 3rd Mainstage Production ‘The Herbal Bed’ by Peter Whelan, directed by Kim MacMillan and produced by Susan MacMillan.  ‘The Herbal Bed’ is Shuswap Theatre’s entry in the Okanagan Zone Festival in Vernon in May.

This beautifully written drama was created for the Royal Shakespeare Company of Stratford on Avon, London.  The Herbal Bed is a taut, emotional thriller based upon a genuine historical event involving Susanna Hall, the daughter of William Shakespeare. Susanna chose a “good marriage” to an older man, a respected physician. She  lays a charge of slander against a young gentleman, until recently apprenticed to her husband, over his drunken accusations of an illicit affair and worse. Where does the truth lie? Audience members are kept on the edge of their seats as these all-too-human characters try to avoid catastrophe while  struggling with their values about truth and morality.  “Would God ever really want me to lie?” This play is in modern English and is rated PG with one suggestive scene.

Director Kim MacMillan has been a member of Shuswap Theatre since 1978, Kim is passionate about live theatre. His retirement in 2008 has allowed him to immerse himself in it again after a break of two or three decades. He directed the very popular comedy Wrong for Each Other two years ago and  is excited to tackle this thrilling historical drama. Kim first appeared as an actor in Neil Simon’s Come Blow your Horn and his other acting credits include The Crucible, Godspell, Enemy of the People and Two Gents. Offstage Kim has recently moved into technical work, receiving Ozone Festival awards for Best Visual Effects (Emily) and Best Sound Design (Heartbreak House). He is attracted to well written plays that have complex characters, a solid story line and something significant to say.

Kim has assembled a stellar cast; Hester Fletcher (the servant);Kaitlan Hunter, Rafe Smith (the haberdasher); Marcus Smith, Jack Lane (a young gentleman);Uther Radcliffe, Bishop Parry of Worcester; Randy Brogden, Barnabus Goche (the Vicar General);    Robert Gaites, Dr. John Hall; George Rithaler, Susanna Hall (née Shakespeare); Althea Mongerson, Elizabeth Hall (their daughter);Katie Findlay/Sabine Landau.

The show previews on Thursday, April 25 and will open on Saturday, April 27, (we usually open on a Friday night, but for this one show, we have a different opening night.)

Evening showtime is 7:30pm April 25, 27, 30, May 1 – 4 and Matinee Sun. Apr 28 Curtain 1:30pm

Doors Open 1 hour before curtain – No show Mondays.  Tickets go on sale at Wearabouts on Alexander St., Salmon Arm this Friday, April 12 or are available at the box office at the theatre.  Adults $17, Seniors (60 and over) $15, Students $7. Preview night is $9 – tickets at door only, Tuesday is 2 for 1.

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