Festival Players return to Leighton Hall

Scott Smith as Katharina and Paul Hmapton as Petruchio
Scott Smith as Katharina and Paul Hmapton as Petruchio

THE renowned Festival Players once again visit Leighton Hall near Yealand next week for what promises to be a mesmerising performance of Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew.

The hall’s gardens will host a fun-packed, sprightly production centred on Shakespeare’s feisty female creation, Katharine, at 7.30pm on Friday, July 29.

But this will be a shrew with a difference – as Kate will be played by a man, the London-based actor Scott Smith. A lively ‘Battle of the Sexes’ will be played out by just seven actors from the all-male company, including the innovative and inspired director Michael Dyer who himself plays the rich nobleman Vincentio.

See the Lancaster Guardian (21-07-11) for full story.