The Washington Times - April 1, 2009, 06:30AM

A theater company in Bath, England, is auditioning dogs for a role in Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” the Daily Telegraph is reporting.

The company says trained dogs were often used in plays during the Elizabethan era.

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That’s true.  And just as men played all the human roles — including those of women — dogs played all the animal roles, including those of cats, bats, deer, horses, monkeys and kimodo dragons.  

I played the dog role in a high school production of “The Taming of the Shrew.”  I nailed it. 

Apparently there were a lot of dog parts in Shakespeare’s plays.  In “Hamlet,” the prince’s dog Horatio digs up a bone.  The balcony scene in “Romeo and Juliet” was made for a dog to howl at the moon.  And in “Macbeth,” there’s that scene where Lady Macbeth yells for Spot to get out.  And Shakespeare mentioned “doggerel” a lot too.  So there you go.

I wouldn’t have guessed Shakespeare was a dog person.  I’d have thought he was into mice.  Or flying squirrels.