CAST 2015:

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!

You can now apply to be part of our production team - read all about it here - but hurry, applications close on January 21st! Auditions will take place across February 6th, 7th and 8th. Keep your eyes on our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information very soon.

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. This year’s production will be The Taming of the Shrew, 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. 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.

September will see us touring with the comedy ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. A play within a play, our production 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 play hangs upon the stubborn, rebellious Katherina consenting 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 Petrucchio 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…