The Taming of the Shrew (2012): Derby Live, Derby Theatre
PrThe Taming of the Shrew (2012)
PRINCIPAL CAST: Perdita Avery (Bianca); Robin Bowerman (Baptista Minola); Sean O'Callaghan (Petruchio); Lizzie Winkler (Katherina).
This production from from 3 - 25 February 2012.
"It's rare to see The Taming of the Shrew performed without any shade of irony....Pete Meakin allows the play to speak for itself, however unpalatable the things it has to say. Christopher Sly is dispensed with and the gender imbalance explained by transposition to the Victorian era, in which a wife's status as goods and chattels was not a matter for debate but a statement of fact. Patrick Connellan's handsome, airy design shows the characters disembarking in the atrium of a fine, Italian station; but though most arrive by the new-fangled railway, Sean O'Callaghan's rough, Irish-accented Petruchio seems to have just finished building it, rough handling his bride up the aisle in a navvy's jacket with a pickaxe over his shoulder." ~ Alfred Hickling, The Guardian, 14 February 2012