Following on from their highly successful Irish debut at the Festival in 2012 Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is set to return to Kilkenny in August.
This year director Joe Murphy will bring another of the Bard’s great comedies to the medieval splendor of the Castle Yard: The Taming of the Shrew.
Shakespeare’s outrageous comedy tells the story of two wealthy sisters in Padua must be married off. But will the swaggering adventurer, Petrucio be up to the task of taming the ungovernable Katherina? Flirtation, trickery and a good dash of Shakespearean wit played out before the ‘shrew’ is seemingly transformed into a dutiful wife.
Performed on a recreated Elizabethan ‘Booth stage’, and featuring one of theatre’s great double-acts, The Taming of the Shrew is a frenetic and linguistically gymnastic screwball comedy tailor-made for this beautiful space.
The Kilkenny Arts Festival draws over 28,000 visitors to the city annually with its mix of poets and performers, sopranos and sculptors, Krautrock and craftwork, workshops and talks. The festival team consistently bring to Kilkenny some of the biggest names and most exciting newcomers in the arts from around the world.
Booking details for The Taming of the Shrew - August 9-18th (7.30pm & 2pm on August 18th). Tickets: E25 (concession E22). See: www.kilkennyarts.ie.