The Taming Of The Shrew Cast Is Announced!
Welcoming the Etcetera theatre company ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 16/07/2019 @ 8:00AM
I'm excited to have local theatre company 'Etcetera' join us at the Arches Theatre from 22-24 August with their stage adaptation of 'The Taming of The Shrew' ...
The cast have be rehearsing at The Arches Theatre!
This is the first time that they have performed at our outdoor theatre and we can't wait to see their production, directed by Steve Bridgen and set in the UK of the 1930s. The director, cast and company have a wealth of knowledge and experience performing Shakespeare's great plays, with many having acted and directed local productions and others part of the legendary Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).
"With this excellent Shakespearean background, this production is set to be unmissable!"
The feisty, bawdy and challenging Taming of the Shrew is a comic masterpiece that can divide audiences. This version of a battle of the sexes hinges on the instant attraction between Kate and Petruchio, a pair of outsiders in a world where style, looks and manners hold sway.
While pretty, demure Bianca attracts suitors like moths to a bulb - with hilarious consequences - her sister Kate is subjugated and forced to assert her independent spirit to command any attention.
As director Steve says, "Some consider Taming of the Shrew to be an exercise in misogyny, but I think it is about liberation, daring to be different and about passion. I've chosen to set the play in the 1930s, a time of economic and political turmoil, but also part of the Golden Age of Hollywood. People turned to entertainment to escape from the depression and hardship of the time. Society continued to place expectations on women to find a suitable marriage, but the tide was turning."
The play within a play opens with young student Lucentio and his friend and servant Tranio arriving in the big city. They are there to study, but there are distractions of music and the arts ... and beautiful women!
Lucentio is soon smitten with Bianca, but he is just one in a queue of suitors. To win the maiden in a Shakespeare play often requires cross-dressing, subterfuge and role-swaps; there's no shortage of all three in The Taming of the Shrew!
You will just have to come along and find out who Bianca chooses!
Now, here is the bit you've been waiting for! Who is playing who?
Katherine - Tracy Watchorn
Petruccio - John Golden
Baptista (mother to Kate and Bianca) - Ann Skelly
Bianca - Grace Emiohe
Tranio - Andrew Gibbons
Lucentio - Finn Tyson
Gremio - Paul Wheeler
Hortensio - Michael Spours
Biondello - Samantha Bradford
Grumio and Vincentio - Bill Handley
Curtis/Huntsman – Ben Dards
Lord - Faisal Mohiuddin
Christopher Sly – David Pibworth - yes I am in this production!!
Merchant/Servants - Shirley Jones
Hostess, Haberdasher and Widow - Janthea Brigden
Bartholomew and other Servants – Carl Defriend
If there's someone there you recognise, do come and show them your support and grab yourself a ticket while you still can. If you have any queries or you'd like to know more, please get in touch.
Until next time ...
More about David Pibworth ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.
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