Taming of the Shrew comes to buxton

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The famous tale of two wealthy sisters from Padua is the latest play to grace Buxton’s outdoor theatre this summer in the Pavilion Gardens.

The Taming of the Shrew, produced by Shakespeare’s Globe, will be performed next Saturday and Sunday at 6pm, adjacent to the opera house.

Set in Northern Italy, the open-air production features the plight of the contrasting women who need to be married off.

The modest, demure Bianca, has no shortage of suitors, but finding a husband for the wild ‘shrewish’ Katherina is proving to be a struggle.

Perhaps she has met her match in the gold-digging strong-willed Petruchio, who plans to bully her to the altar...

Performing on an Elizabethan-style stage, a small troupe of travelling players will breathe life into Shakespeare’s outrageous comedy.

Taming of the Shrew stars one of theatre’s great screwball double-acts, a couple hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other right up to its controversial conclusion.

Directed by Joe Murphy and featuring an all-female cast, the play stars Kate Lamb as Katherina, Olivia Morgan as Bianca and Leah Whitaker as Petruchio.

Audience members are advised to bring their own seat or rug to sit on.

Tickets cost £17 for adults and £12 for children and are available from Buxton Opera House’s box office by calling 0845 127 2190.

Family tickets range from £36 to £51 and standby tickets costing £5 will be on sale an hour before the performance to students and job-seekers.

If the weather is inclement, the show will either proceed outdoors, conditions allowing, or will be moved to an alternative indoor venue, if one can be arranged.

In either case, no refunds will be given.

The play is presented in partnership with the Pavilion Gardens and with the support of High Peak Borough Council.