The Taming of the Shrew
Directed by Sonia Dykstra
10th June - 27th June 1992
Shakespeare in the Open-Air at Gawsworth Hall.
Baptista, a rich gentleman of Padua, has two daughters. Katherina, a sprited lady with the reputation of being a 'shrew' has no suitors.
Her sister, Bianca, has won many a suitor's heart, and is at present being pursued by Gremio and Hortensio.
Baptista is resolved not tolet Bianca marry before a husband is found for Katherina. Lucentio comes to Padua with his servants Tranio and Biondello to study, but no sooner has he arrived than he sees Bianca, with whom he falls in love.
Petruchio, with his servant Grumio, has alos arrived in Padua. He is hoping to make a wealthy marriage. His freind Hortensio tells him of Katherina, and he accepts the callenge to woo her for her dowry.
In the meantime, Bianca is now being wooed by four suitors; Tranio (assuming the role of Lucentio); Lucentio disguised as he suitor (Cambio); Hortensio disguised as her music tutor (Licio); and Gremio as himself! (still with the plot?!)
Petruchio and Katherina (now married) arrive at his country estate in Verona, where he plans to tame her. Meanwhile, back in Padua, Tranio (as Lucentio) has won the hand of Bianca providing he can give Baptista assurances of his Father's wealth. Tranio and Biondello persuade a pedant to impersonate Lucentio's father (Vincetio), which he does most successfully
until the real Vincetio arrives!
The various tangles are unravelled. The right Lucentio marries Bianca. Hortensio consoles himself with a wealthy widow, and Gremio consoles himself with a 'Share of the feast'!
And what of Petruchio and Katherina?...
'Marry, peace it bodes and love, and quiet life,
An awful rule, and right supremacy,
And, to be short, what not that's sweet and happy'
|Lucentio, son of Vincentio, in love with Bianca
|Tranio, servant to Lucentio
|Baptista Minola, a rich gentleman of Padua
|Gremio, suitor to Bianca
|Hortensio, suitor to Bianca
|Peter de la Wyche
|Katherina, daughter of Baptista
|Bianca, daughter of Baptista
|Biondello, servant to Lucentio
|Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, suitor of Katherina
|Grumio, servant to Pertruchio
|Curtis, servant to Petruchio
|Pedant of Mantua, setup to impersonate Vincetio
|Vincetio, father to Lucentio
|Widow, who has long loved Hortensio
|head of Baptista's Household
|Servants to Petruchio
|Celia Bonner, Christina Howarth, June Janes, Sue Mooney, Liz Stokes, Adele Taylor, Frank Boylan, Charlie Cook, Leslie Sayers, Ken Wallace
|Servants to Baptista - Villagers
|Helen Ball,Nicholas Blackburn, Ben Furnival, Morag Gray, Alexandra Howarth, Adele McCormack, Nicola Mooney, Elaine Ross, Jayne Stansfield, Helen Sutton, John Thornton
|Choreography and Dance Training
|David and Sue Furnival
Members of the Wilmslow Green Room
|Alan and Sue Offer
|Costumes created by Charles Alty of Oldham
|Garden Furniture provided by Country Rustics tel. 02602 24270