The taming of the shrew

The taming of the shrew

  • Genre Drama
  • Stage Drama Theatre
  • Premiere17. December 2011
  • Length2:45 hod.
  • Number of reprises54
  • Final performance3. February 2016

a legendary comedy about various versions of love

Every man in Padova would like to have the beautiful, kind and submissive Bianca, daughter of Mr Baptista, and this is particularly true of the romantically excited Lucenzio. Unfortunately, Mr Baptista insists that he has to get his older daughter Katharine married first. However, due to her cheekiness, arrogance and disobedience, she is the terror of all men and Bianca’s suitors are rightfully afraid that no one will ever want her sister as a wife, meaning therefore that Bianca can also never get married. They cannot let this happen! They find and pay someone to be a bridegroom for Katharine – a voluble, boastful dandy called Petruccio who indeed “tames” this dragon in women’s clothing. Or does she also tame him? And who will become a bigger dragon in the end, Bianca or Katharine?
The legendary success of this comedy to a large degree stems from the fact that the author chose a topic which is eternal as well as popular – the relationship between men and women, the battle between the sexes, and incorporated it into the attractive form of a theatrical farce.
 
“And this is really where Shakespeare shows himself as a master of his art, when he combines the incongruous motifs and various structural elements of the play perfectly into one harmonious whole, and thus presents its topic in a way that still seems inventive and contemporary even over the abyss of more than four hundred years” wrote Jiří Josek, whose masterful translation was used for the production of this play.

Author

  • William Shakespeare

Directed by

Assistant director

Translation

  • Jiří Josek

Music

Movement coordination

Battista Minola, bohatý šlechtic

Kateřina, jeho dcera

Bianka, její mladší sestra

Petruccio, Kateřinin nápadník

Grumio, jeho sluha

Kurt a dalších pět Petrucciových sluhů, Krejčí a Kloboučník

Lucenzio, zamilovaný do Bianky

Tranio, Lucenziův sluha

Biondello, Lucenziův sluha

Vincenzio, Lucenziův otec

Gremio, Biančin nápadník

Hortenzio, Biančin nápadník

Starý pán

Vdova

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