The Taming of the Shrew

February 28 - April 06, 2013 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage
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This season the Guthrie welcomes internationally acclaimed Propeller to present The Taming of the Shrew in repertory with Twelfth Night, two comedies full of mistaken identities, transformations and deception. Well known for communicating the genius of Shakespeare with a distinctive physical approach including the use of an all-male company, Propeller presents Shakespeare with clarity, speed and imagination. Britain’s The Stage raved, “Propeller makes Shakespeare feel sharp, contemporary and urgent without skimping on the language or cutting corners. And for young audiences, I can’t imagine a more exciting introduction to our greatest dramatist."
Read Propeller reviews.

The Taming of the Shrew is the one where … Petruchio weds then tames the ill-tempered Katherine until she’ll swear the sun is the moon, while suitors (disguised, of course) woo her sweet-tempered sister Bianca.

Run time: 2 hours 40 minutes including intermission
This production contains nudity.

Cast

Christopher Sly/Petruchio
Vince Leigh
Lucentio
Finn Hanlon
Tranio
Liam O'Brien
Baptista
Chris Myles
Katherine
Dan Wheeler
Bianca
Arthur Wilson
Gremio
John Dougall
Hortensio
Gary Shelford
Biondello
Ben Allen
Grumio/A Pedant
Benjamin O'Mahony
Curtis
Joseph Chance
A Tailor/A Widow
Christopher Heyward
Vincentio
Darrell Brockis
Servant
Lewis Hart

Artistic Staff

Director
Edward Hall
Designer
Michael Pavelka
Lighting
Ben Ormerod
Music
Propeller
Sound
David Gregory
Text Adaptation
Edward Hall & Roger Warren
            Associate Director
Dugald Bruce-Lockhart

Learn More

Download Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew Education Packs from the Propeller website.
Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew play guide created by the Guthrie Theater

Photos

The Taming of the Shrew production photo
The Taming of the Shrew production photo
The Taming of the Shrew production photo
The Taming of the Shrew production photo
The Taming of the Shrew production photo
The Taming of the Shrew production photo
The Taming of the Shrew production photo
production photos by Manuel Harlan

Video

WCCO-TV: Chris Myles and Dan Wheeler talk about men playing women, playing for American audiences and Shakespeare's comedy. 

 

Print

reviews

Pioneer Press: "a brilliantly executed, vivid tale"
City Pages: "thought-provoking and gender-bending"
AisleSay: "a performance that fuses physical action, linguistic sparkle, and arresting story"

Features

Lavender: How Shakespeare Challenges the Institution of Arranged (Heterosexual) Marriage
Star Tribune
: Propeller company brings two Shakespeare plays to Guthrie
City Pages
: Propeller brings Shakespeare to life, warts and all
BroadwayWorld Interviews part 1 and part 2: Propeller's Taming of the Shrew actors dish on Shakespeare and Minneapolis

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