Archives - The Herbal Bed

by Peter Whelan

Directed by Hugh Croydon

Friday 20th – Saturday 28th April 2001 in the Auditorium

An emotional thriller, based on actual events which occurred in Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613, when William Shakespeare’s eldest daughter Susanna was publicly accused of having a sexual liaison with Rafe Smith, a married neighbour and family friend.

In the slander case which follows, her husband, the respected physician John Hall, strives desperately to clear her name. But what really happened that night in the herbal garden?

A thought-provoking play from the author of The Accrington Pals.

Part of the Barn’s 2000/2001 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club


Rafe Smith-Sandy Underwood
Hester Fletcher-Andrea Brady
Jack Lane-Adam Moore
Bishop Parry of Worcester-Keith Thompson
John Hall-David Thompson
Susanna-Laura Powell Eddy
Barnabus Goche-Jack Wood
Elizabeth-Jessica Brady
Gabby Thompson

Creative team

Director-Hugh Croydon
Set Design-Eric Farlie
Lighting Design-Derek Palmer
Sound Design-Rob Wallace
Stage Manager-Martyn Jolly
Assistant Stage Manager-Sharon Stratton
Tina Jolly
Prompter-Gill Millinger
Lighting Operator-Shirley Shaw
Wardrobe-Judith Claxton
Irene Gill
Properties-Jean Amato
Belinda Putley
Set Construction-Eric Farlie
Members of The Barn Theatre Club
Production Secretary-Shirley Thompson

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