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Shakespeare on the Lawn at Salisbury House presents “Taming of the Shrew”


DES MOINES, IA (May 2017) – Salisbury House Foundation is pleased to present Shakespeare on the Lawn at Salisbury House on June 15-18, 2017. The Repertory Theater of Iowa will perform William Shakespeare’s comedy, Taming of the Shrew, with the majestic backdrop of Salisbury House as a stage. Nightly performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. for seating. Chairs will be provided but guests are also welcome to bring picnic baskets, blankets, and bag chairs.
William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” is a hilarious battle of the sexes telling the story of two sisters and their affections and woes in courtships. The beautiful and gentle Bianca has no shortage of admirers but her assertive and willful sister, Katherina, is deemed unworthy to suitors. Their father insists Bianca will not marry until her shrewish sister is betrothed. Katherina meets her match when the haughty bachelor, Petruchio, takes her for his bride. The couple’s verbal sparring and physical battles beg the ultimate question of just who is taming whom.
For further information and to purchase tickets, please go to or call 515-274-1777. General admission is $25, with discounts available for students and Salisbury House Members. Proceeds from Shakespeare on the Lawn benefit Salisbury House Foundation’s educational and cultural programming.
Shakespeare on the Lawn at Salisbury House is made possible with the support from Bankers Trust, EMC Reinsurance, Harry Bookey and Pamela Bass-Bookey, Iles Funeral Home, J. Sayles Design Co., Legacy Financial Group, Michael Jenkins and Amelia Lobo, Ron Hallenbeck, Simonson & Associates Architects, and Wild Rose Entertainment.

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