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ILLYRIA present THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at Castell Aberteifi | Cardigan Castle     

ILLYRIA present THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at Castell Aberteifi | Cardigan Castle

Theatr Mwldan’s series of annual outdoor theatre events with Illyria comes to an end at Cardigan Castle for this summer, but we have one last hilarious treat for you on Sunday 16 August at 6.30pm with The Taming of the Shrew.

Everyone wants to marry mild-mannered Bianca. No-one wants to marry her acid-tongued older sister Kate. Their father won’t let anyone marry Bianca until a husband can be found for Kate – but no-one knows anyone mad enough to take her on. Until Petruchio comes to town. What happens when a woman who suffers no fools meets a loud-mouthed braggart when neither is ever lost for words? Sparks are guaranteed to fly in Shakespeare’s rumbustious battle-of-the-sexes comedy, where nobody is exactly who they appear to be!

Few plays divide critical opinion more sharply than The Taming of the Shrew. For some it is an offensive barrage of misogyny and cruelty. For others it is a love story wrapped in a very funny farce. The commentator Harold Bloom famously remarked: “My students initially blink when I tell them that Petruchio and Kate fall forever in love at first sight, but my observation is merely true.” Illyria’s Shrew falls very firmly into the second camp – and the fact that the play is performed uncut, complete with the framing device Shakespeare wrote for it, helps to clarify why.

Illyria has been touring nationally and internationally since 1992, and is most widely celebrated for its productions of Shakespeare’s comedies. The company won its first of 4 international awards the last time it produced The Taming of the Shrew back in 1998. It has also attracted numerous "5-star" and "Critics' Choice" reviews for the lively clarity of its approach to Shakespeare's plays.


So if you’re looking for a rip-roaring performance of a controversial Elizabethan comedy to tickle you on a summer’s evening, look no further. And bring a second pair of socks - you’ll laugh the first ones off.
Tickets for The Taming of the Shrew on Sunday 16 August at Cardigan Castle are £13 (£11) £9 Children and are available to book from Theatr Mwldan’s Box Office on 01239 621200, online or via smart phone at www.mwldan.co.uk
 
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