Two disguised, competing suitors clamour for the hand of the beautiful Bianca, whilst gold-digging Petruchio agrees to wed her viciously ill-tempered sister Kate, sight-unseen. The difference between marrying for love and marrying for money, however, becomes increasingly difficult to judge. A rather different take on the Shakespearian classic.
The History Boys – Crucible – 16th May – 8th June
Back in lessons to train for entrance exams, the boys find themselves caught between two opposing styles of teaching. Eccentric Hector leads with a flamboyance that brings everything to life, while cynical Irwin has been brought in by the Head to provide a ruthless route to Oxbridge. But with love, sex and university on their minds, the question is, will any of them make the grade. This is a timely production of Alan Bennett’s popular play given the recent sad passing of Richard Griffiths.
The Night of the Iguana – Lantern Theatre – 20-25th May
The Night of the Iguana a tense and gripping drama about finding something worth believing in and learning how to carry on, even when all hope seems lost. Tennessee Williams’ famous book is brought to life by the Dylis Guite Players.
The Count of Monte Cristo – Lantern Theatre – 30th May – June 1st
Revenge is a dish best served ice-cold in Alexandre Dumas’ classic adventure novel, Edmond Dantes is sentenced to a lifetime behind bars when jealous friend Fernand betrays his faith and leaves him for dead. Helpless and imprisoned within the impenetrable fortress of the Cheateau D’if, he must somehow find the strength within him to win back his freedom and his life. From the people who brought you Hyde.