Synopses & Reviews
This remarkable edition features a newly edited text of The Taming of the Shrew based on the earliest printed text of the play, along with detailed notes and performance annotations. An integrated audio CD showcases the deeper understanding and enjoyment from the power of performance.
-- Hear recordings of great contemporary and historical performances of key scenes from the play.
-- Read about William Ball's Peabody Award-winning production from the perspective of Christy Desmet (U of GA)
-- See production notes and photos alongside the text that takes you inside the stage experience.
-- See photos from contemporary stage productions and movie adaptations.
-- Read and see how a modern cast approaches the play, from interviews with the actors.
-- Hear and read about how a legendary voice coach (previously from the RSC) approaches the text and works with actors on Speaking Shakespeare.
Narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi
Text Editor: Antonia Forster is Professor of English at the University of Akron. Her Index to Book Reviews in England 1749-1774 was awarded the 1992 Rose Mary Crawshay Prize by the British Academy, and the second volume to take the Index to 1800 was published by the British Library in 1997. Her Vol. 1 (1770-1799) of The English Novel 1770-1829: a Bibliographical Survey of Prose Fiction Published in the British Isles (with James Raven) was published by Oxford University Press in 2000. She has published articles in such journals as The Age of Johnson, Shakespeare Quarterly, and Studies in Newspaper and Periodical History, and has been awarded fellowships for research in the Folger, Newberry, Houghton, Beinecke and BritishLibraries. She is also preparing an edition of the correspondence of Ralph Griffiths, founding editor of the Monthly Review.
More than 60 minutes of audio on the CD including 20 classic scenes and excerpts from famous performances past and present
The Sourcebooks Shakespeare brings THE TAMING OF THE SHREW to life in a revolutionary new book and audio CD format
In the Book:
Photographs from notable productions including:
- Allison Janney as Katherine in the 1999 production at The Public Theater in New York City
- Jonathan Pryce as Christopher Sly in the Royal Shakespeare Company 1978 production
- Tracey Ullman as Katherina and Helen Hunt as Bianca in the 1989-1990 production at The Public Theater
- Timothy Dalton as Petruchio and Vanessa Redgrave as Katherina in the 1986 production at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Hear 20 great scenes on audio CD:
Memorable performances by Sian Phillips and Peter O'Toole as Katharina and Petruchio (1962), Fredi Olster and Marc Singer from William Ball's American Conservatory Theatre production (1976), and Frances Barber and Roger Allam (2003) from The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare
Narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi