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January 11, 2011

Taming the shrew al fresco at Maynardville

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Anthea Thompson stars as Katharina and Grant Swanby as Petruchio in the 2011 Artscape production of The Taming of the Shrew. Photo courtesy Artscape

The season at Maynardville’s Open-Air Theatre is well under way and the Shakespeare offering for 2011 is The Taming of the Shrew, from Artscape, which opens on Saturday January 15.

The cast includes award-winning actress Anthea Thompson as Katharina and Grant Swanby – who plays Ryno Broekhuisen in Isidingo – as Petruchio.

The Roy Sargeant-directed production promises a contemporary, dignified edge to the risque perennial. The play-within-a-dream begins with characteristic trickery, and develops into a courtship by a Verona nobleman determined to win the heart of the obstreperous Katherina. The shrew finally succumbs to Petruchio’s charms, which are more a form of psychological bullying, resulting in her eventual “taming”.

This is a special production for Maynardville, which first staged The Taming of the Shrew in 1956, soon after the theatre’s inception As usual, arrive early with your own picnic basket filled with wine and foodie treats from home and enjoy supper on the grass at the park next door. Gates open at 6pm. Prepacked picnics are available from The Picnic Company on + 27 (0)21 706 8470.

The Taming of the Shrew opens on January 15 and runs through February 19, Mondays through Saturdays. Tickets cost R100 (rows U to W), R130 (N to T) and R150 (A to M) and all shows are at 20h15 except for the special bookings on the dates below.

  • January 17, 18, 24, 25 are family nights. Shows on these evenings start at 19h15. Block bookings of between four and six tickets cost R100 (rows N to W) and R110 (A to M). Regular pricing applies to parties of less than 4.
  • January 26 and 31 and February 1, 2, 7 and 8 are reserved for schools. Tickets cost R50 and apply to learners and teachers. The shows start at 19h45.

Bookings through Computicket +27 (0)83 915 8000 on or Artscape Box Office +27 (0)21 410 98387.


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