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William Shakespeare's The Taming of The Shrew

William Shakespeare's The Taming of The Shrew

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  • Wed 10 Oct ’07 – Sat 20 Oct ’07


The Maidment Theatre's Musgrove Studio, 8 Alfred Street, Auckland

Stage 2 Productions
William Shakespeare’s
The Taming of the Shrew
Adapted for the stage by Patrick Graham

“If I be waspish, best beware my sting.”

A group of outcasts kidnap two young actresses and force them to perform in their production of The Taming of the Shrew.

The Taming of the Shrew �" a sexist farce or witty dissection of Elizabethan marriage?

Baptista Minola is having trouble marrying off his daughter Katherine. So he decides that his younger more amiable daughter Bianca is not able to marry until Katherine has a husband. He challenges her wooers to find a man that is capable of taming Katherine.

The events that follow are at times brutal and often a hilarious romp in which, Petruchio tames the strong and willful Katherine.

Directed by patrick graham, who is no stranger to Shakespearean comedy having successfully directed The Comedy of Errors for the 2006 Auckland University Outdoor Summer Shakespeare.

Summer Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors at Auckland University Quad
New Zealand Herald 13.02.06. Reviewed by Paul Semi-Barton

"By dealing with a little known work, the director is liberated from
the constraints that accompany more revered texts and Patrick Graham
makes the most of the chance by conjuring up a dreamlike space where
Kiwiana meets Monty Python… "

Comedy of Errors: Fred Drag does Shakespeare! 24FEB06 - Chris Banks

"There's something about the outdoor summer evening atmosphere and
setting that allows a director to really go to town with material like
this, and go to town Graham has, crafting a version of the play that
manages to be absurdist, energetic, innovative and rib-tickling…"

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