It was supposed to be a one off – but The Globe is coming back to Kilkenny!
Booking now open for
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company
The Taming of The Shrew
For ten performances only
as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival 2013
Kilkenny Arts Festival draws over 28,000 visitors to the city annually with its mix of poets and performers, sopranos and sculptors, Krautrock and craftwork, workshops and talks. The Festival team consistently bring to Kilkenny some of the biggest names and most exciting newcomers in the arts from around the world. 2012 marked the very first visit to Ireland by the world renowned Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company and although it was meant to be a once off visit, the team are delighted to welcome them back again this year for the 40th Kilkenny Arts Festival. The 2012 Globe performances sold out so early booking is strongly advised.
Kilkenny Arts Festival has a long history of presenting Shakespeare classics outdoors. The medieval fabric of the city has proven ideal for open-air shows with Kilkenny Castle at the heart of the city providing a superb backdrop for the Bickerstaffe Theatre company productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth in the 1990s.
Festival booking is now open for five events from the 2013 programme which have already been announced; The Taming of The Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company), Grammy Award winner Dawn Upshaw solo performance, a specially commissioned world premiere Dusk Ahead from Junk Ensemble, a world premiere commissioned by the Festival by American Composer Michael Gordan to be performed by Crash Ensemble and the Benjamin Britten Centenary Celebration programme with Camerata Ireland and Barry Douglas.
The Globe will be returning to Castle Yard Kilkenny this year with The Taming of the Shrew, one of Shakespeare’s great comedies will be directed by Joe Murphy. Performed on a recreated Elizabethan ‘Booth stage’, and featuring one of theatre’s great double-acts, The Taming of the Shrew is a frenetic and linguistically gymnastic screwball comedy tailor-made for this beautiful space. Two wealthy sisters in Padua must be married off. The modest, demure Bianca has no shortage of suitors, but who on earth will take the wild, ungovernable, ‘shrewish’ Katherina? Perhaps the gold-digging Petruchio – as maddeningly strong willed and perverse as Katherina herself – will be equal to the task...
Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company is based in London. It is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of performance and education. For more details see: http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/
Headline event partners - Mount Juliet Estate and Kilkenny Design.
Booking details for The Taming of the Shrew
Dates: Fri 9 August, Sat 10 August, Sun 11 August , Mon 12 August , Tues 13 August, Thurs 15 August, Fri 16 August, Sat 17 August, Sun 18 August (7.30pm & 2pm on the 18 August)
Venue: Castle Yard, Kilkenny
Tickets: €25, concessions: €22
Book tickets now at www.kilkennyarts.ie
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Kilkenny Arts Festival is core funded by the Arts Council and supported by Failte Ireland and Kilkenny Local Authorities.
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