The Taming of the Shrew
Mouth to Mouth Theatre presents:
The 2009 East Anglian summer garden tour of “The Taming of the Shrew”
This summer, William Shakespeare’s merry battle of the sexes graces some of finest gardens in East Anglia, with The Orchard Tea Gardens seeing the return of the summer Shakespeare after a years’ absence.
Set in the period of Louis XIV, with absurdly opulent costume and ostentatious wigs, Mouth to Mouth bring a surreally Baroch flavour to this boisterous romantic comedy.
Our cast of ‘The Shrew’ are not what you might expect for a humourous examination of gender politics...
“Stunning physical Shakespeare... If I could award six stars I would. ”
Eastern Daily Press
Beautiful Bianca has many suitors, but her father Baptista says she cannot marry until her ill-tempered sister Katharina finds a husband. Along comes Petruchio who, determined “to wive it wealthily in Padua”, cleverly obtains the hand of feisty Kate who has frightened off all previous candidates. He then sets out to tame his new bride with the help of his sidekick Grumio. While Kate and Petruchio engage in a lively battle of wits, three hopeful suitors vie for Bianca’s affections: newcomer Lucentio, optimistic favourite Hortensio, and the elderly but wealthy Gremio. While Lucentio poses as a schoolmaster, his servant Tranio assumes the role of his master.
“Accessible, hilarious, moving... Huge fun!”
Resident company at the New Cut Arts Centre in Halesworth, Suffolk, Mouth to Mouth theatre company has been performing Shakespeare on the beautiful East Anglian landscape for over twenty years.
Saturday 4th July 2009, 7.30pm
Please note that advance tickets are not available from The Orchard Tea Garden.
The Orchard Tea Garden will be open with light meals available along with tea, coffee, alcoholic drinks, cakes and scones before the performance and during the interval.