The Taming of the Shrew

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The Taming of the Shrew (Ballet) Australian Ballet
Souvenir Brochure – Larry Koehne-Drube, Delia Harrington, Joady Chambers


The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1592. The play begins with a framing device, often referred to as the Induction, in which a mischievous nobleman tricks a drunken tinker named Christopher Sly into believing he is actually a nobleman himself. The nobleman then has the play performed for Sly’s diversion.

The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship, but Petruchio tempers her with various psychological torments—the “taming”—until she becomes a compliant and obedient bride. The subplot features a competition between the suitors of Katherina’s more desirable sister, Bianca.

A musical adaptation is the ballet by John Cranko (1969), which played at Staatstheater Stuttgart. Performed by the Stuttgart Ballet, with music by the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, it was directed by Bernard Kontarsky, and starred Richard Cragun and Marcia Haydee.

Company: Larry Koehne-Drube, Delia Harrington, Joady Chambers, Mark Annear, David McAllister, Mark Brinkley, Paul De Mason, Ulrike Lytton, Elizabeth Toohey, Colin Peasley, Brett Morgan, Stephen Morgante, Mark Pace, David Prudham, Kathleen Reid, Steven Heathcote, Jayne Beddoe, Stephen Baynes, Michele Goullet, Robert Marshall


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Condition: Used Good 8/10 Looks Great – Souvenir Brochure

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