Friday 20 April 2018

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre bracing itself for an Irish invasion

Aaron Heffernan
Aaron Heffernan
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is bracing itself for an Irish invasion this summer.

The Bard's old stomping ground will stage an Irish version of The Taming of the Shrew aka the farce that inspired cult teen film '10 Things I Hate About You'.

Set on our shores and directed by Caroline Byrne, the play will feature an all Irish cast.

Former Love/Hate star Aaron Heffernan (above) will take on the role of Lucentio while doe eyed ingénue Genevieve Hulme-Beaman will play the object of his desire Bianca.

Troy actor Louis Dempsey, Barabbas founder Raymond Keane, Amy Conroy and Fair City alumni Helen Norton will also appear in the stage show which opens in May.

Rehearsals kicked off last week in London with the gents struggling into the tightest of tights while the gals battled with corsets.

The all Irish staging is meant to be a nod towards the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

Busy Aaron, cousin of model Thalia, has just finished shooting sci-fi action film The Titan in sunny Gran Canaria on an "amazing shoot". Avatar actor Sam Worthington, Orange is the New Black star Taylor Schilling, model Agyness Deyn, and Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel will also star.


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