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DIRECTOR: Steven Young

The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, UK.

Director of The Comedy of Errors, Robinson College Gardens.

Director of The Taming of the Shrew, Trinity College Gardens & Robinson College Gardens.

REVIEW

The Cambridge News: Paul Holland reviews Taming of the Shrew:  "If I be waspish, beware my sting or something like that. There were a few wasps in Robinson College gardens last night (Thurs, July 24) for the performance of Taming of the Shrew due to the picnics, but there was a lot of fun to be had by cast and audience alike.

This is the third show in the Shakespeare Festival I have seen and it was a delight. Arriving just in time to catch the opening on what was a hot July evening my partner and I were greeted with a lawn full of a picnicking audience.

We quickly sat down and stuffed a few sandwiches down our throats, batting the wasps away. Then, as if a summer's evening in a purpose-built theatre garden, with a picnic wasn't enough - the play started. And it was funny, frantic and relaxed. The central relationship between the shrewish Kate and the boorish Petruchio was, almost literally, a riot.

The wooing of Kate in the play is always a stage battle of words which doesn't need swords to draw blood and this was one of the best I have seen.

The play run's until Saturday at Robinson and then transfers to Trinity College gardens from August 18 to September 6."


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