The taming of the shrew

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Methuen Drama, Apr 15, 2008 - Drama - 316 pages
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' You will experience the words of Shakespeare as you have never before, interpreted by some of the most accomplished actors of our time' Sir Derek Jacobi 'A rare and valuable resource' Andrew Wade Voice Coach, Royal Shakespeare Company The audio CD with this edition of The Taming of the Shrewcontains a series of recordings to illustrate how different actors place their own interpretation on the play. Hear superb peformances from Estelle Kohler and Bill Homewood, Peter O'Toole and Sian Phillips, and Frances Barber and Roger Allam as well as narration from Sir Derek Jacobi. The text is illustrated with photographs from notable productions and film adaptations, and takes you behind the scenes with set drawings, costume designs and scene edits, all from original notes. As well as the playtext there are articles and interviews from notable Shakespeare scholars and performers. An invaluable tool for students from GCSE to A level and beyond.

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great plot about love - Goodreads
Disappointing ending, but hilarious. - Goodreads
The lesser known love story of William Shakespeare. - Goodreads
Once again, hysterically funny but very hard to read. - Goodreads
Here again Shakespeare has a strong female character. - Goodreads
primer on misogyny and sex puns. - Goodreads

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Momentarily forgot that the 10 Things I Hate About You movie (young JGL!) and TV show were based on this book. I was delighted to come across Bianca and Katherine, because it reminded me of that fun ... Read full review

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One of my favourite plays by Shakespeare. The witty comedy is humorous for all adults to enjoy. I highly recommend for everyone to see this production performed as well. It is an enjoyable show. Read full review

Contents

The Taming of the Shrew Through the Years
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By The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco
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The Taming of the Shrew in Popular Culture
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Copyright

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About the author (2008)

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

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