UK Shakespeare Troupe Seeks Canine Thespians

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2009 3:59 PM CDT
There's a monkey in one Shakespeare play, right?   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Dog-owners in the UK city of Bath can audition their pooches tomorrow for a spot in a Shakespeare play, the Telegraph reports. The role in The Taming of the Shrew is historically accurate, the director said: “In Shakespeare’s time … they had a troupe of dogs specially trained to perform and do tricks or a jig as part of Elizabethan entertainment.” And, no, “this is not an April Fool,” a spokesman adds.