Shakespearean showcase

2018-01-23 06:00

A historic production of Shakespeare’s popular comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, will be presented at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre next month.

The Taming of the Shrew will run from Wednesday 7 February to Saturday 3 March at 20:15, Mondays to Saturdays. Tickets are R150 to R220.

Directed by Tara Notcutt, the production features an all-female cast and creative team. Notcutt is a celebrated and prolific director, with The Taming of the Shrew being the 15th show she has directed. At 31, Notcutt is also the youngest person to direct a play at Maynardville and the fifth woman to do so. Notcutt has worked in many styles, from intimate drama and physical theatre to illusion and opera, and now makes her Shakespearean debut.

The production showcases Shakespeare’s wonderful battle of the sexes. Matters of gender, marriage and family come together in this dark comedy about Kate, a headstrong woman, and her tempestuous relationship with Petruchio, the man who is set on wooing and winning her.

In the lead role of Kate is Alicia McCormick (Angels on Horseback: Reloaded; Dirty Words). Daneel van der Walt (Dani and the Lion; The Rocky Horror Show) stars as Petruchio and Buhle Ngaba (...Missing; The Swan Song) as Kate’s sister Bianca. Lynita Crofford (An Audience with Miss Hobhouse; Violet Online) plays Baptista, while Dianne Simpson (Rose Red; The Sisters Ugly) is Gremio and Ann Juries (Krotoa van Vandag; Hectic Nine 9) plays Grumio. Kathleen Stephens (I Love You Sally Field and Other Stories; Nasty Womxn) is Lucentio, Naledi Majola (The Dangerous Misadventures of Order and Chaos, All of it, Everything, Now, Together) is Tranio, Kate Pinchuck (My Children! My Africa!; Down to a Sunless Sea) is Hortensio and Masali Baduza (Nasty Womxn; The Circle of Life: An Adaptation of The Lion King) is Biondello.

Costume design is by Mariechen Vosloo, set design and decor by Jo Glanville and lighting design by Ronel Jordaan. Choreography is by Cleo Notcutt.

Presented by Siv Ngesi and The Pink Couch, in association with Artscape, the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre Trust and Liquidmatch Productions, it forms part of the inaugural Maynardville Open-Air Festival, featuring an exciting programme of music, dance, comedy and more, under the stars at Maynardville.

In the 62 year history of Maynardville Open-Air Theatre, The Taming of the Shrew has been performed five times – with first production at Maynardville in 1956, then 1965, 1984, 1996, and 2011.

“I am honoured to be directing my first Shakespearean play at Cape Town’s iconic Shakespearean venue honouring the vision of Maynardville’s founders - to present world-class productions of Shakespeare’s plays in the magic of an open-air venue. It is fitting that The Taming of the Shrew was the first play presented at Maynardville, and now it is taking us into the next era,” says Notcutt

V Bookings will be through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.com or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet.

A historic production of Shakespeare’s popular comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, will be presented at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre next month.

The Taming of the Shrew will run from Wednesday 7 February to Saturday 3 March at 20:15, Mondays to Saturdays. Tickets are R150 to R220.

Directed by Tara Notcutt, the production features an all-female cast and creative team. Notcutt is a celebrated and prolific director.

At 31, Notcutt is also the youngest person to direct a play at Maynardville and the fifth woman to do so.

Notcutt has worked in many styles, from intimate drama and physical theatre to illusion and opera, and now makes her Shakespearean ­debut.

The production showcases Shakespeare’s wonderful battle of the sexes. Matters of gender, marriage and family come together in this dark comedy about Kate, a headstrong woman, and her tempestuous relationship with Petruchio, the man who is set on wooing and winning her.

In the lead role of Kate is Alicia McCormick (Angels on Horseback: Reloaded; Dirty Words). Daneel van der Walt (Dani and the Lion; The Rocky Horror Show) stars as Petruchio and Buhle Ngaba (...Missing; The Swan Song) as Kate’s sister Bianca. Lynita Crofford (An Audience with Miss Hobhouse; Violet Online) plays Baptista, while Dianne Simpson (Rose Red; The Sisters Ugly) is Gremio and Ann Juries (Krotoa van Vandag; Hectic Nine 9) plays Grumio. Kathleen Stephens (I Love You Sally Field and Other Stories; Nasty Womxn) is Lucentio, Naledi Majola (The Dangerous Misadventures of Order and Chaos, All of it, Everything, Now, Together) is Tranio, Kate Pinchuck (My Children! My Africa!; Down to a Sunless Sea) is Hortensio and Masali Baduza (Nasty Womxn; The Circle of Life: An Adaptation of The Lion King) is ­Biondello.

Costume design is by Mariechen Vosloo, set design and decor by Jo Glanville and lighting design by Ronel Jordaan. Choreography is by Cleo Notcutt.

Presented by Siv Ngesi and The Pink Couch, in association with Artscape, the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre Trust and Liquidmatch Productions, it forms part of the inaugural Maynardville Open-Air Festival, featuring an exciting programme of music, dance, comedy and more, under the stars at Maynardville.

In the 62 year history of Maynardville Open-Air Theatre, The Taming of the Shrew has been performed five times – with first production at Maynardville in 1956, then 1965, 1984, 1996, and 2011.

“I am honoured to be directing my first Shakespearean play at Cape Town’s iconic Shakespearean venue honouring the vision of Maynardville’s founders - to present world-class productions of Shakespeare’s plays in the magic of an open-air venue. It is fitting that The Taming of the Shrew was the first play presented at Maynardville, and now it is taking us into the next era,” says Notcutt

V Bookings will be through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.com or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet.

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