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British actor David Suchet

The Taming of the Shrew | 1973

Dates and places

Opened at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon on September 25, 1973

Creative

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Clifford Williams
Designer: Farrah
Lighting: John Bradley
Music: Guy Woolfenden
Tumbling: B.H. Barry

Cast

David Suchet as Tranio
Sydney Bromley as Christopher Sly
Susan Fleetwood as Katherina
Peter Machin as Lucentio
Alan Bates as Petruchio

... and Derek Smith, Louise Jameson, Nickolas Grace, Robert Ashby, Jeffery Dench, Brian Glover, Anthony Pedley, Annette Badland, Gavin Campbell.

About the show

Slide projections on the back wall of the stage initiated the Induction, informing the audience of the plague rats infesting London in 1592, enforcing the closure of the playhouses and the touring of the playing companies. In this version, the exhausted players pitched camp for the night in the hollow in which Sly was already sleeping. His unexpected presence provided them with a much-needed audience, allowing them to express their talent for improvisation and imagination. The bleak darkness of the stage brightened to the warmth of company and community as their play got under way to the enthusiastic appreciation of Sly.

download large image | David Suchet as Tranio | image by Joe Cocks Studio

The scene from the play | image from www.louisejameson.com

The scene from the play | image by www.louisejameson.com

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