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The education of Katherina and Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew

Introduction: The last time we saw Katherina in Katherina the Shrew and Falstaff the Cuckold,  she was starving, exhausted from lack of sleep, and “in a bate”. Although this may have changed her relationship with Petruccio, it is not the end of the play. We still have to see Katherina mistake the sun for the moon, and an old man for a maid, and perhaps most difficult of all, her …Read More

Katherina ‘the Shrew’ and Falstaff ‘the Cuckold’

Approaching Shakespeare’s plays with C21 assumptions about  cultural norms is fraught with risk. One interesting area is how communities deal with misfits.  Katherina (the Shrew and female) in The Taming of the Shrew,  and Falstaff (the Cuckold and male) in The Merry Wives of Windsor  are qute similar misfits in their respective societies (Windsor and  Padua).   Why are they similar?  Both live in bourgeois societies, not the usual setting of …Read More

The Taming of the Shrew – Cast list for 8 players

  This post is the play-reading cast list for 8 players for The Taming of the Shrew. Links are given for the nine players to see the script in Highlight Text format or Cue Script format, in two tables you’ll find below. Click here for help with Play-reading   Cast list for 8 players in Highlight Text Format   The table below provides the cast list for 8 players in …Read More

The Taming of the Shrew: Round-robin play-reading for 2 – 7 players

If you can only get a few people (2 -7)  together to do a play-reading, probably the most practical way of reading the play is to read it ‘rouond-robin’. In other words, each player reads a speech in turn. The first reader reads the first speech; then the next speaker in a clockwise direction reads the next speech; and so on until all the speakers have read, and then the …Read More

The Taming of the Shrew – Cast list for 11 players

  This post is the play-reading cast list for 11 players for The Taming of the Shrew. Links are given for the nine players to see the script in Highlight Text format or Cue Script format, in two tables you’ll find below.   Click here for help with Play-reading     Cast list for 11 players in Highlight Text Format   The table below provides the cast list for 11 …Read More

The Taming of the Shrew – Cast list for 10 players

  This post is the play-reading cast list for 10 players for The Taming of the Shrew. Links are given for the nine players to see the script in Highlight Text format or Cue Script format, in two tables you’ll find below.   Click here for help with Play-reading   Cast list for 10 players in Highlight Text Format   The table below provides the cast list for 10 players …Read More

The Taming of the Shrew – Cast list for 9 players

  This post is the play-reading cast list for 9 players for The Taming of the Shrew. Links are given for the nine players to see the script in Highlight Text format or Cue Script format, in two tables you’ll find below. Click here for help with Play-reading   Cast list for 9 players in Highlight Text Format   The table below provides the cast list for 9 players in …Read More

The Taming of The Shrew: Cast List for 8 players

This cast list give different parts for 8 players to read The Taming of the Shrew. You can  read their parts online. Select the Player No you’ve been allocated, and choose whether to see your script in Cue Script format (Cue Script) or in Highlit Text format (your lines are highlit in a different colour per character). . Click here for help with Play-reading   To read your part  on the Internet, choose …Read More

MFFEV5: The Taming of the Shrew – Introduction

  The Play: There’s some doubt about the dates of the writing and first performance of ‘The Taming of the Shrew‘, but it seems likely that it was written around 1592, and performed before 1594, perhaps 1593. By 1594, another version of the play ‘The Taming of a Shrew’ had been published, base on a play presented by the Earl of Pembroke’s players, and seemingly derived from ‘The Taming of …Read More

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