The taming of the shrew
Welcome to the website for the Cambridge American Stage Tour! Keep checking back for venue and ticket information, photos from rehearsals and the tour, and for more information on our cast and production team!
CAST, established under the patronage of Dame Judi Dench in 2000, is one of the major international theatre tours of the University of Cambridge. It aims to bring the work of Shakespeare to as wide an audience as possible in the eastern United States.
Now in its sixteenth year (you can find a timeline of all our previous productions here), Cambridge University’s largest international tour show has been performing to packed houses and critical acclaim since 2000. Each September, Cambridge’s most talented actors, directors, designers and technicians travel across the Atlantic to bring a Shakespeare play to colleges, high schools and professional theatres.
CAST is increasingly renowned as a showcase of the leading dramatic talent in Cambridge, including countless actors and directors about to enter the world of professional theatre. Many directors of previous CAST productions have gone on to successful careers in theatre directing.
After a Cambridge preview in August, we shall be jetting off to America for four weeks in America, before returning to Cambridge for our final shows in early October. This year we are touring with our first ever production of The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Kennedy Bloomer.
“If I be waspish, best beware my sting.”
The stubborn, rebellious Katherina must consent to marriage, before her sickly sweet, and much desired younger sister Bianca is allowed to be a wife to one of her many suitors. While Petruccio attempts to “tame” the shrewish elder sister, the suitors battle to win the younger by disguising themselves all under the watchful eye of Baptista, their father.
Are the dreams of happy endings all that they were meant to be? We’ll see…
A play within a play, and high on music, dance and laughs, Shakespeare’s greatest comedy is full to the brim of plot twists and turns. Shakespeare’s use of scintillating dialogue, foolery and daring schemes are jam-packed into our two hour performance of Romance and Revenge!
The cast of cast
Meet the players...
KATE REID is KATHERINA
JULIA KASS is BIANCA/BIONDELLO
SARAH MERCER is BAPTISTA
TOBY MARLOW is PETRUCCIO
WILL BISHOP is LUCENTIO
MARCO YOUNG is GREMIO/MERCHANT
ROBBIE TAYLOR HUNT is HORTENSIO/VINCENTIO
WILL PECK is GRUMIO
AOIFE KENNAN is TRANIO
All headshots credits to Johannes Hjorth - check out his website, full of amazing photos, at http://photo.johanneshjorth.se - with a complete CAST blog at http://photo.johanneshjorth.se/taming-of-the-shrew-photoshoot/
The cREW of cast
Meet the production team...
ALEX CARTLIDGE / TOUR MANAGER
LAURA SEDGWICK / TOUR MANAGER
KENNEDY BLOOMER / DIRECTOR
GABRIELLA BIRD / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
OLIVIA STAMP / EDUCATION OFFICER
JOSIE WASTELL / TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
EMMA HOLLOWS / DESIGNER
JOSSIE EVANS / STAGE MANAGER
JOHANNES RUCKSTUHL / LIGHTING DESIGNER
All headshots credits to Johannes Hjorth
PREVIOUS CAST PRODUCTIONS
2014 - Much Ado About Nothing
2013 - Measure for Measure
2012 - Antony & Cleopatra
2011 - Macbeth
2010 - The Tempest
2009 - Two Gentlemen of Verona
2008 - Henry V
2007 - The Winter's Tale
2006 - Twelfth Night
2005 - Much Ado About Nothing
2004 - As You Like It
2003 - A Midsummer Night's Dream
2002 - The Comedy of Errors
2001 - Romeo and Juliet
2000 - Hamlet