Miss Shakespeare

Shakespeare's second daughter unwisely allows ...

Shakespeare’s second daughter unwisely allows a young man to have a preliminary look at her father’s manuscript of The Tempest, a scene from William Black’s Judith Shakespeare, illustrated by Edwin Austin Abbey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


What if Shakespeare’s daughter wrote a musical? That’s the premise for Miss Shakespeare, which finds the Bard’s youngest daughter rounding up her friends and putting on a show.

There’s not much known about the personal life of William Shakespeare, but we do know he had two daughters (his only son died as child). When he died in 1616, the playwright left the bulk of his estate to his elder daughter Susanna, who had married well, and a small sum to his younger daughter Judith, who wed under scandalous circumstances.

Miss Shakespeare imagines Judith as a feisty woman who has inherited her father’s creativity. In an age where women were forbidden from appearing on the stage, she gathers six friends in a tavern cellar to swap stories and saucy songs.

“It being a time when women’s stories aren’t being represented on stage, they don’t have a chance to connect and share their experience in the way we do today,” said director Bronwyn Steinberg.

Presented by Three Sisters Theatre Company, with book and lyrics by Tracey Power.

Where: Gladstone Theatre, 910 Gladstone Ave.

When: Runs until Saturday, June 2.

Cost: $20 for students, $32 for seniors $36 for adults. Tickets can be purchased here.

Source: CBC

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