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Taming of the Shrew, The

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2003 production of The Taming of the Shrew. Directed by Gregory Doran with Jasper Britton as Petruchio and Alexandra Gilbreath as Katherine. The production was in repertoire with John Fletcher’s comic sequel The Tamer Tamed, also directed by Gregory Doran.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
2003
Duration
165 (inc. 20 interval)

Credits

Director
Gregory Doran
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Paul Englishby
Production Design
Stephen Brimson Lewis
Cast
Alexandra GilbreathKatherina
Jasper BrittonPetruchio
Ian GelderBaptista Minola
Eve MylesBianca
Rory KinnearTranio
Beth VyseMaid (Servant)
Bill NashNathaniel
Christopher GodwinGremio
Christopher HarveyPhilip
Christopher HarveyTailor
Daniel HawksfordLucentio
David PeartAdam (Servant)
David PeartVincentio
Esther Ruth ElliottSugarsop (Servant)
Esther Ruth ElliottWidow
John LightbodyCurtis
Keith OsbornRafe (Servant)
Keith OsbornPedant
Nathan RimmellJoseph
Nicolas TennantGrumio
Paul ChahidiHortensio
Simon TrinderBiondello
Tom AndersonNicholas (Servant)
Tom AndersonHaberdasher

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Elizabethan
Plays
Taming of the Shrew, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Tamer Tamed, The

Notes

Notes
Jasper Britton’s annotated script is available in the Shakespeare Institute Library.
History
First performance 31 March 2003. It played in repertoire until 8 November 2003 and then went on to be performed from 13 December 2003-4 January 2004 at the Kennedy Centre, Washington, DC.
Reviews
Gilbert, Miriam. ‘Performance as Deflection’ in
Hodgdon, Barbara and Worthen, W.B., Companion to Shakespeare and Performance. (Oxford and Malden: Blackwell, 2005) pp 319-34.
[Examines Royal Shakespeare Company productions of TheTaming of the Shrew since 1960 to isolate strategies--including ‘elaborate programme notes, the expansion and even rewriting of the Induction, and striking interpretations by individual actors’. ‘Focuses on Richard McCabe’s Tranio in Bill Alexander’s production and Jasper Britton’s Petruchio in Gregory Doran’s production].

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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