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.
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.