Were you at the Globe Theatre broadcast of Twelfth Night at Cineworld last week? It was excellent and I haven't laughed so much in ages! The final in the trio of Shakespeare offerings from the Globe is Taming Of The Shrew, perhaps not one of his most popular plays, but the live version which was filmed for this broadcast had excellent reviews so I'm sure it will be well worth a viewing. I'm a bit disappointed that I already got ahead of myself and am double-booked. Birdsong at the Theatre Royal had better be good!
Designed by Mike Britton and with music composed by Richard Hammarton, Taming Of The Shrew has been directed by Toby Frow. The fifteen-strong cast of both men and women this time is Tom Anderson, David Beames, Jamie Beamish, Michael Bertenshaw, Simon Paisley Day, Pip Donaghy, Patrick Driver, Tom Godwin, Christopher Keegan, Sarah MacRae, Pearce Quigley, Samantha Spiro, Joseph Timms, Rick Warden and Helen Weir.
In a play within a play setting, the story of the shrew is performed for the benefit of a drunken tinker who has been tricked into believing he is a nobleman. Elder sister Katherina Minola is so ill-tempered that it has been assumed she will never marry. However, to the dismay of several suitors for her younger sister, Bianca, Katharina's father will not allow Bianca to marry first. The suitors dream up a plot to get unwitting visitor Petruchio to woo and marry Katharina, which he does before then setting out to reduce this independent woman into an obedient wife.
Cineworld, Mon 29th Jul, 19:00.
Tickets £10.50 adults, £8.40 concessions, available online, by calling 0871 200 2000, on in person from the foyer.