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The Taming of the Shrew


William Shakespeare

Directed by Sonia Dykstra

10th June - 27th June 1992

Shakespeare in the Open-Air at Gawsworth Hall.

Act 1

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?!)

Act 2

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 Jeremy Stobart
Tranio, servant to Lucentio Patrick Barrett
Baptista Minola, a rich gentleman of Padua John Chidgey
Gremio, suitor to Bianca John Wallace
Hortensio, suitor to Bianca Peter de la Wyche
Katherina, daughter of Baptista Jane Mayhead
Bianca, daughter of Baptista Shelley Webb
Biondello, servant to Lucentio John Foreman
Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, suitor of Katherina David Reynolds
Grumio, servant to Pertruchio Mike Janes
Curtis, servant to Petruchio Ronnie Dykstra
Pedant of Mantua, setup to impersonate Vincetio Derek Cleal
Tailor Charlie Cook
Vincetio, father to Lucentio Eric Smith
Widow, who has long loved Hortensio Clare McGlashan
head of Baptista's Household Adele Taylor
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 Jilly Burrows
Stage Managers David and Sue Furnival
ASM Sheila Hine
Wardrobe Mistress Clare McGlashan
Wardrobe Pat Barrow
Members of the Wilmslow Green Room
Lighting Val Watkinson
Sound Robin Watkinson
Properties Alan and Sue Offer
House Management Olive Bradbury
Front Cover Jacque Bilsborough
Typesetting David Eady
Costumes created by Charles Alty of Oldham
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