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CAST 2015:

The taming of the shrew

 

 

Welcome to the website for the Cambridge American Stage Tour! Keep checking back for photos from rehearsals and the tour, and for tour updates!

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, 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. This year’s production of The Taming of the Shrew, and will be directed by Kennedy Bloomer.

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. The directors of the last six CAST productions have gone on to successful careers in theatre directing.

 
"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!

Venues and Tickets

Straight from Cambridge University, CAST has been crossing the Atlantic annually for nearly 15 years to tour up and down the east coast of the USA. 2015 will be no exception.

All dates are subject to potential changes.

Cambridge Previews:

ADC Theatre
Wed Aug 26th @ 7:45pm
£12 for Adults / £9 for Concessions
adctheatre.com

Ely Cathedral
Thu Aug 27th @ 7:30pm
£10 for Adults / £8 for Students
elycathedral.org

US Tour:

Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts @ Saint Edward's School, FL
Thu Sep 3rd @ 7pm
Donations accepted at the door
For more information contact Maggie Baker on 772-492-2371 or steds.org. Presented by Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation &  Quail Valley Charities

Sebastian River Performing Arts Center, FL
Sat Sep 5th @ 1pm
Donations accepted at the door
Presented by Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation &  Quail Valley Charities

Cottingham Theatre @ Columbia College, SC
Tue Sep 8th @ 7:30pm
$10.00 General Admission / $5.00 Students with school ID, Seniors (65 and over) and CC Alumnae
Reservations Recommended: 803-786-3850

Roxy Auditorium @ Nashville School of the Arts, TN
Thu Sep 10th @ 7pm
$10 for Adults / $7 for Students
To reserve tickets email nsatheatre@gmail.com / 615-291-6600 ext 122

Madisonville City Park stage @ Madisonville, KY
Sat Sep 12th @ 2pm
Free admission. Sponsored by the MINER FAMILY ARTS ENDOWMENT. Performance will be moved to the Glema Center if weather is inclement
For more information call 270-821-ARTS or glemacenter.org

Performing Arts Center, Pealer Recital Hall @ Frostburg State University, MD
Mon Sep 14th @ 7:30pm
$12 for Adults / $6 for Students
Tickets will be available on the door

Schuster Theatre @ Gannon University, PA
Thu Sep 17th @ 8pm
$8 for all
Box Office: (814) 871-7493

The Theatre @ Washington, VA
Sat Sep 19th @ 8pm & Sun Sep 20th @ 3pm
$25 for Adults / $10 for Under-18s
TheatreWashingtonVa.com or call 540.675.1253

Shakespeare Academy Stratford, CT
Fri Sep 25th @ 7pm
Presented by The Mighty Quinn Foundation
Reserve tickets online at shakespeareacademystratford.org

Alumnae Hall @ Brown University, RI
Sun Sep 27th @ 8pm & Mon Sep 28th @ 8pm
Free admission
Presented by Shakespeare on the Green

UK Home Run:

ADC Theatre
Tue Oct 6th - Sat Oct 10th @ 7:45pm and Sat Oct 10th @ 2:30pm
£14 for Adults / £11 for Concessions
adctheatre.com or call 01223 300085

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The cast of cast

 

Meet the players...

 

KATE REID is HOSTESS/PLAYER/KATHERINA

JULIA KASS is BIANCA/BIONDELLO/SERVANT

SARAH MERCER is BAPTISTA/SERVANT/TAILOR

TOBY MARLOW is SLY/PETRUCCIO

WILL BISHOP is PLAYER/LUCENTIO/SERVANT

MARCO YOUNG is LORD/GREMIO/VINCENTIO

ROBBIE TAYLOR HUNT is SERVANT/HORTENSIO/MERCHANT

WILL PECK is BARTHOLOMEW/GRUMIO/WIDOW

AOIFE KENNAN is TRANIO/CURTIS


Headshot credits to Daniel Karaj and Johannes Hjorth - check out the latter's 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/

Click on the photos below to find out more

 

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

TOM JOHNSON / CLX

HANNAH GRACE TAYLOR / POSTER DESIGNER

JOHANNES HJORTH / PHOOTGRAPHER

 

Headshot credits to Daniel Karaj, Johannes Hjorth and Alice Walker.

Click on the photos below to find out more.

 

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

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