The Taming of the Shrew at Maynardville in Cape Town
It’s January and that always means that its Shakespeare at Maynardville time again. I love going to Maynardville and out of the four years that Ive live in Cape Town only missed last year but Im going this year, that’s for sure …
Turning Maynardville into an open-air theatre was the genius idea of two actresses, Cecilia Sonnenberg and René Ahrenson, who together with Shakespeare production specialist Leslie French realized the potential of the venue. So, with the support of the municipality they re-sloped the land, diverted the stream and the theatre was born!
This year’s production is The Taming of the Shrew which tells of Christopher Sly, a drunk who, after being thrown out of a bar falls into a deep sleep and dreams a dream. The dream then tells the story of the taming of Katherina, the Shrew, by Petruchio. It’s a play within a dream and the use of disguises, mistaken identities and other confusion provides comedy for all. Katherina is dragged, by circus owner Petruchio, into a crazy world of clowns, jugglers, tumblers, a lion and Petruchios pet spaniel, Troilus! Along this path the characters must walk to find true love!
The Taming of the Shrew is directed by Roy Sargeant and promises to be a charming, dignified and sexy production. Dicky Longhurst is in charge of set and costume design. Katherina is played by Anthea Thompson and Grant Swanby is Petruchio.
Show dates are from January 11th to February 19th and ticket prices range from R100 to R150. Family nights are January 24th and 25th at 7.15pm at a cost of R100 to R110 for bookings of between four and six tickets. School performances are available on January 26th and 31st as well as February 1st, 2nd, 7th and 8th at 7.45pm. Tickets for school performances are R50.
If you fancy getting a group of fellow theatre goers together then block bookings of 10 or more are on January 19th to 21st and again from January 27th to 29th. The performance starts at 8.15pm and tickets are R80.
There is a special Valentines Day performance on February 14th. So, pack a picnic and a blanket and make your way to Maynardville for a wonderful nights entertainment – an Italian circus is coming to Maynardville! Revel in this fantastique story!
Tickets are available through Computicket or from the box office at Maynardville