Herbal Bed Opens on B'way Apr. 16

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The Herbal Bed, Peter Whelan's London drama about the adultery trial of Shakespeare's daughter, opens April 16 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.

The Herbal Bed, Peter Whelan's London drama about the adultery trial of Shakespeare's daughter, opens April 16 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.

Laila Robins stars as Susanna Hall, daughter of William Shakespeare. Her previous roles include The Real Thing, A Streetcar Named Desire last season in Chicago, and Mrs. Klein Off-Broadway.

Simon Jones (Private Lives, Off-Broadway's Privates On Parade) also stars, alongside Amelia Campbell (Steve Martin's Wasp at NYSF) and Herb Foster (Sacrilege).

Designing the show are Alvin Colt (costumes), David Jenkins (set) and Howell Binkley (lighting).

Author Whelan's unusual drama about Shakespeare's daughter -- and the real-life court case in which she was accused of adultery with a neighbor -- transferred from a sold-out run in London's RSC Pit to the West End in April 1997 (where it ran for six months). Michael Attenborough, an associate director at the RSC who directed the London productions, also directs the Broadway production. Other plays by author Whelan, an Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, include Worlds Apart (1987) and The School Of The Night (1993).

Featured in the London mounting were Teresa Banham (as Susanna), Olivier-nominated supporting actor Stephen Boxer, Raymond Bowers, Robin Weaver, Lorcan Cranitch, Richard Hawley and Barnaby Kay.

Producing Herbal Bed for Broadway are Alexander H. Cohen, Max Cooper, Anne Strickland Squadron and Chase Mishkin, in association with Duncan Weldon.

Tickets can be ordered through Tele-Charge, (212) 239-6200.

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