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Lamb and Whitaker are up for a laugh; PREVIEW: Taming Of The Shrew, St Donat's Castle.

TWO talented Welsh actors will perform in an acclaimed touring production of Taming Of The Shrew.

Shakespeare's Globe bring their award-winning small-scale version of The Taming Of The Shrew to St Donat's Castle this August Bank Holiday.

This popular outdoor event is in its fifth year and follows a sell-out performance last year.

A small troupe of actors will perform on a traditional booth stage - inspired by Elizabethan paintings and etchings - at castles, gardens and theatres around the world. This is a rare opportunity to experience the freshness and simplicity of the theatre tour as it was in Shakespeare's day.

Shakespeare's outrageous comedy tells the story of two wealthy sisters in Padua who must be married off. But will the swaggering adventurer Petruchio be up to the task of taming the ungovernable Katharina? Flirtation, trickery and a good dash of Shakespearean wit is played out before the "shrew" is seemingly transformed into a dutiful wife.

The Taming Of The Shrew will be performed with an all-female cast, as it was in the play's inaugural performance at the Globe in 2003. Kate Lamb takes on the role of Katharina, who was born in Cardiff and grew up in West Wales before moving to London and training at LAMDA. Leah Whitaker, who plays Petruchio, grew up in Chepstow, and trained at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama between 2007-2010.

The play will be directed by Joe Murphy, who is also the artistic director of Nabokov, an acclaimed new writing company. Designer Hannah Clark won the Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design in 2005.

Kate Lamb's previous theatre credits include Smack Family Robinson (Rose Theatre), Summer & Smoke (Southwark Playhouse) and After The Party (Criterion Theatre). Leah Whitaker has appeared in The Heretic (Royal Court), Earthquakes in London (Headlong/National Theatre) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Milton Rooms).

| The Taming Of The Shrew is at St Donat's Castle on Monday, August 26. Tickets from St Donat's Arts Centre box office on 01446 799 100 or www.stdonats.com
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 9, 2013
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