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Taming of the Shrew, The

Synopsis
A video recoridng, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare’ Company’s 1982 production of The Taming of the Shrew. Directed by Barry Kyle with Alun Armstrong as Petruchio and Sinead Cusack as Katherina.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
25 Jan 1983
Duration
188 mins

Credits

Director
Barry Kyle
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Nick Bicât
Production Design
Bob Crowley
Cast
Sinead CusackKatherina
Alun ArmstrongPetruchio
David WallerBaptista Minola
Alice KrigeBianca
John BoweTranio
Alexandra BrookHaberdasher
Alexandra BrookServant
Brian ParrServant
Christopher BowenHuntsman
David Shaw-ParkerBiondello
David WallerPlayer
Dennis ClintonTailor
Edward JewesburyVincentio
Geoffrey FreshwaterChristopher Sly
Ian TalbotHortensio
Jennie GoossensHostess
John CarlisleGremio
Lesley SharpServant
Mark RylanceLucentio
Pete PostlethwaiteGrumio
Raymond BowersPedant
Raymond BowersLord
Robert ClareServant
Stephanie FayermanServant
Stephanie FayermanWidow
William HadenCurtis

Additional Details

Theatre
Barbican Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Renaissance Italy
Plays
Taming of the Shrew, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William

Notes

History
The production opened at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre 12 October 1982 and transferred to the Barbican. The cast names reflect the Barbican production.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
Shrimpton, Nicholas. Shakespeare Survey 37 91984), pp163-73. Smith, Jamie Jo. `"And speak I will’: Listening to Katharina in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.", Dissertation Abstracts International 56 (1995-96): 407A (Texas). The article observes that ‘portrayals of Kate can be used to prescript behavior’ and that, historically, she ‘makes frequent appearances whenever the threat of female independence occurs’. Finds evidence for this argument in Royal Shakespeare Company productions of The Taming of the Shrew by Michael Bogdanov (q.v.), Barry Kyle (q.v.), and Jonathan Miller (q.v.).

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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