Cast visit to Shakespeare's bed

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The cast of The Taming of the Shrew visit Shakespeare's bed in Stratford-upon-Avon.

During a day of workshops and talks, the cast with Director Lucy Bailey (pictured below) were taken to Shakespeare's birthplace to see his bed, as a tie-in to the marriage plot of The Taming of the Shrew.

Tour guide Liz took them through the house. She said: 'Most people were sleeping on the floor, so the fact that John [Shakespeare's father] can afford a bed means he is going to put it in a place where people can see it.'

She explained that beds were significant cultural and economic symbol during Shakespeare's lifetime, as the places where children were conceived, but also where women often died in childbirth.

Lucy BaileyThe cast also saw the bed that the young Shakespeare would have slept in when he was growing up, and the bed in which he was probably born.

As well as taking part in voice and movement workshops on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage, in the afternoon the actors went to a talk about The Taming of the Shrew at the Shakespeare Institute.

After the visit the cast returned to London, where rehearsals for the play are currently based.

Photos by Gina Print.

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