Our Shrews are very excited about starting their tour in City Museum Gardens, Portsmouth on 6 June.  The City Museum Gardens is a beautiful venue just a stone’s throw from Southsea seafront. It is hidden behind Portsmouth’s City Museum which hosts various exhibitions and events throughout the year.

The New Theatre Royal, who have partnered up with us to bring the UK premiere of The Taming of the Shrew to Portsmouth is a Victorian Grade 2* listed building in the heart of Portsmouth and one of the very few remaining Phipps/Matcham working theatres in the world. In 1972 a fire destroyed the back of house but the beautiful auditorium was thankfully saved.


Facts about Portsmouth

- Portsmouth is notable for being the United Kingdom’s only island city.

- Throughout much of its history, Portsmouth was one of the most heavily fortified places in the country and even in Europe. The sea has always been a part of Portsmouth’s everyday life, and although the dockyard was closed in 1984, the navy and naval heritage remains an important part of the local economy.

- Portsmouth is home to the world’s oldest dry dock still in use and also home to some famous ships, including HMS Warrior, the Tudor carrack Mary Rose and Lord Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory.

- The actress Helena Bonham Carter is the great-great-grandaughter of John Bonham Carter, MP for Portsmouth from 1816-1838.


Catch up with the Shrews

Nicola Sangster, playing Hortensio has been keeping a blog all about the rehearsal process. You can read it here.

For full cast and touring details please visit our website.


Costumes in the dressing room (c) Helena Miscioscia

Costumes in the dressing room (c) Helena Miscioscia