The Taming of the Shrew Enthrals Audiences
For three nights over 9-11 March, Stamford Endowed Schools’ talented dramatists enthralled audiences with this year’s major production, The Taming of the Shrew.
In this production – in the year marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death - the setting was updated to the 1980s, a decade of greed, power suits and decadence, which helped make some of the more difficult themes of the play more accessible to a modern audience.
The whole cast, all in Years 10-13, threw themselves at the revitalised theme of the play and produced an exuberant mixture of verbal dexterity and slapstick entertainment. There were standout performances from a range of students such as Duncan Westbrook (Petruchio), Gracie Spark (Katherina), Lewis Smith (Lucentio) and Lucy Little (Bianca) as the four lovers in the show.
This year the show supported the #teamgeorge campaign set up in aid of one of Stamford Endowed Schools’ finest actors, George Robinson. Merchandise was sold before and after each show along with some amazing brownies provided by the Stamford Deli. In total over £1,500 in donations and profits from the show was raised for #teamgeorge.
Head of Drama at Stamford Endowed Schools, Anneke Davies, said: “We are enormously proud of the students; they have embraced the complexities of the language and thrown themselves wholeheartedly into each performance; It was exhausting just watching them at work and such a delight to hear and see the audiences respond so well to the revitalised 80s style we used!”