The Taming of the Shrew (Bard on the Beach) [win tickets!]

As a long-time theatre writer, I know that once I start getting the emails about Bard on the Beach it’s time for the summer theatre circuit. And as always, I’m thrilled to be highlighting and showcasing the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Summer Festival in its 2012 edition. Bard is opening this year with The Taming of the Shrew, a fantastic romantic comedy.

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Shakespeare’s romantic romp, The Taming of the Shrew, shines a comic spotlight on the pleasures and misadventures of the search for the perfect partner. Beautiful Bianca has no shortage of admirers, but she can’t marry until her headstrong sister Kate finds a husband. Along comes the fortune-hunting Petruchio who sets out to capture the heart of the fiery-spirited Kate. Petruchio and Kate face off in a crackling battle of wits, while three enthusiastic suitors launch their own devious campaigns as they vie for Bianca’s affections.

Beautiful Bianca (Dawn Petten) has many suitors, but her father Baptista (Bernard Cuffling) says she cannot marry until her older sister Kate (Lois Anderson) finds a husband. Along comes Petruchio (John Murphy) who, determined “to wive it wealthily in Padua,” sets out to win the hand and heart of feisty Kate who has frightened off all previous candidates with her prickly personality. He then sets out to tame his new bride, with the help of his sidekick Grumio (Kayvon Kelly). While Kate and Petruchio engage in a lively battle of wits, three hopeful suitors vie for Bianca’s affections: newcomer Lucentio (Anton Lipovetsky), optimistic favourite Hortensio (Kevin Kruchkywich) and the elderly but wealthy Gremio (Shawn Macdonald). While Lucentio poses as a schoolmaster, his servant Tranio (Kyle Rideout) assumes the role of his master. When confirmation of the promised dower is needed, a traveller (Craig Erickson) successfully pretends to be Lucentio’s father until the real Vincentio (Duncan Fraser) arrives. Adding to the hilarity are the local tailor (Ian Butcher), a widow (Susan Coodin), Baptista’s servant Biondella (Colleen Wheeler) and Petruchio’s servant Curtis (Bob Frazer).

I have a pair of tickets to give away for the June 9th at 8pm performance, and all you need to do is two things: First, find out when was the first time that Bard on the Beach performed The Taming of the Shrew, and second, tell me your favorite Bard on the Beach performance for this year. I am excited about all of them but as you know if you’ve read my blog long enough, I have a very soft spot for Bob Frazer, one of Vancouver’s and BC’s best actors of this generation so I’m excited to see him at Taming of the Shrew (I saw him last year as Iogo in Othello at Bard on the Beach too). So, go and find out when was the first time Bard on the Beach performed Taming of the Shrew, and in addition to that, share with me which Bard on the Beach production of this year you’re most excited about.

I will draw winners on June 5th at 2pm. As always, I will announce them here (sometimes I can announce on Twitter if you leave your Twitter ID). Good luck everyone! As for those who aren’t lucky enough to win the tickets, here is the information on dates and ticketing for Bard on the Beach, especially focused on The Taming of the Shrew.

And here is the 2012 Season schedule for Bard on the Beach. There are number of amazing productions and you should check them out. And if you want to earn an additional entry on the contest you can post the following on Twitter:

Told @hummingbird604 what I know about @bardonthebeach http://is.gd/Uixsgo to enter to win tickets to Taming of the Shrew

Learn more about the wonderful Shakespeare Festival Bard on the Beach on the video below:

Performance details for The Taming of the Shrew are as follows:
OPENS: June 7.
PREVIEWS: May 31, June 1, 2, 3, 5, 6.
Regular performances include a free pre-show talk.
Runs Tuesdays through Sundays from May 31 to September 22 – On the BMO Mainstage in Vanier Park.

Plays in repertory with Macbeth which begins June 13 in previews.

Bard Explored: Lecture Series – June 23 – Macbeth; July 14 – The Taming of the Shrew; August 11 – The Merry Wives of Windsor; August 25 – King John

Bard-B-Q & Fireworks evenings: July 28, August 1 & 4
Celebrating Red & White – wine tasting event following the 3pm matinee and before the 8pm show on August 18.

Play ticket prices include reserved seating & HST and are $40 (evenings) and $21 to $33 (previews & matinees) with a new $30 Youth Rate (6-25 years) for evening performances. For the month of June, the adult evening ticket price is $36.

Order by phone at 604-739-0559, online at Bard on the Beach or in-person at the site as of May 25. Follow Bard on the Beach on Facebook and Twitter.

Related posts:

  1. Macbeth (Bard on the Beach) [win tickets!]
  2. The Taming of the Shrew (Bard on the Beach, Summer 2012)
  3. Bard on the Beach Season 2011 tally and 2012 preview
  4. The Marriage of Figaro at Bard on The Beach (win tickets)
  5. The Taming of the Shrew (Carousel Theatre)

Comments (39)

Jim DugganMay 25th, 2012 at 8:46 am

I believe the first staging of Taming of the Shrew by Bard on the Beach was in 1993. Taming is the performance from this years plays that I am most looking forward to. When I think of this play I see Taylor and Burton but am so looking forward to BotB making their version as memorable. Twitter = @dtes_produce

SanazMay 25th, 2012 at 8:55 am

They started the play in 1990 and this year it’s 23rd anniversary and it’s my favourite Bard on the Beach performance

ShirleyMay 25th, 2012 at 9:19 am

The first time that Bard on the Beach performed The Taming of the Shrew was in 1993. My favourite production this year is Macbeth.

Michael KwanMay 25th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Bard on the Beach first performed Taming of the Shrew in 1993, though Bard itself started in 1990 with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I’m going to Macbeth, so that has to be my favorite this year. Out, damn spot, out!
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DeidreMay 25th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Taming of the Shrew happened in 1993. MacBeth is my favourite show as well!

DarcyMay 25th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

1st performance of Taming of the Shrew was in 1993. My fave is Taming of the Shrew.

JessicaMay 25th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

The first time Bard on the Beach put on Taming of the Shrew was in the summer of 1993. Of the line-up they have this year, I am probably most looking forward to Taming of the Shrew! Exciting!

LoisMay 25th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

The first Bard on the Beach production of Taming of the Shrew was in 1993. A side note – I was lucky enough to see the 2001 Taming of the Shrew production.

The one I’d most look forward to seeing is “Merry Wives of Windsor” – it sounds like it’s been updated in an interesting way, and it’s a play I’m not familiar with.
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Lori-Vancouver AirbnbMay 25th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Taming of the Shrew if my favorite & was 1st performed in 1993.

EmilyMay 25th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

The Taming of the Shrew was first performed at Bard on the Beach in 1993. I’m most excited about seeing The Taming of the Shrew this summer because I’ve actually never seen it performed! My uncle performed it in Toronto a few years ago but I never got a chance to see him.

SandyMay 25th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

The first performance of Taming of the Shrew was in 1993. My favourite production this year is Macbeth. If I am blessed enough to win these tickets, it will be my first time at Bard on the Beach *fingers crossed* A couple days ago, my friend from out of town asked me what are some very “Vancouver” things to do and this happened to come up in our conversation! Oddly enough, I stumble across this blog. I think it’s a sign that I go see a Bard on the Beach production either way :)

KaeliMay 26th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

The first year Bard on the Beach put on The Taming of the Shrew was 1993, and it is definitely the performance I’m most excited about.

This will be my first year attending Bard on the Beach. I’m eager to see what it’s all about, I’ve heard such great things from so many different people!

KarenMay 26th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Taming of the Shrew was performed in 1993. MacBeth is my favourite show.
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KimberlyMay 27th, 2012 at 9:53 am

1993 for first performance of the Taming of the Shrew. I would love to see Macbeth.

yarnpiggyMay 28th, 2012 at 11:10 am

1993 was the first Bard on the Beach production of The Taming of the Shrew, which is my favourite Shakespeare play, so obviously the one I’d most like to see this season. I’d actually really like to see all of them this year, though, which I can’t always say.

TrishaMay 28th, 2012 at 11:13 am

Taming of the Shrew was first performed in 1993 and I am looking forward to seeing it this year!!

PaulaMay 28th, 2012 at 11:15 am

Taming of the Shrew is my favourite! It was first performed in 1993.

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SarahMay 28th, 2012 at 11:32 am

Hey there!

It was first performed in 1993 (which was also the first year I went!)

Really looking forward to Macbeth this year!

:)
Sarah

ValerieMay 28th, 2012 at 11:40 am

The first time that Bard on the Beach performed The Taming of the Shrew was in 1993. My favourite production this year is The Merry Wives of Windsor.

JulieMay 28th, 2012 at 11:55 am

Shrew was 1993, and I’m stoked to finally see MacBeth onstage (shhhh… don’t say it again…)

TracyMay 28th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Taming of the Shrew was first performed by BOTB in 1993, and I can’t wait to see Macbeth this year. I am sad for you “hummingbird604″ as such a big Bob Frazer fan (as I am) if you missed him as Petruchio in Bard’s 2007 production of Taming of the Shrew. AMAZING! Set in the wild west, it was the most amazing production of Taming I have seen, and perhaps my most favourite play that Bard has done, ever.

VanessaMay 28th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

The first time Bard on the Beach preformed The Taming of the Shrew was in 1993. I am so looking forward to the Taming of the Shrew this year — it’s one of my favourite plays!!

Jason WillsMay 28th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

“Taming of the Shrew” was first performed at Bard on the Beach in 1993. The production I am most interested in seeing this season is “King John”.

RebeccaMay 29th, 2012 at 1:11 am

Taming of the Shrew was done by Bard on the Beach in 1993. I also would be interested in seeing King John, as I’m not familiar with that play and would like to see it this year for the first time.

AhnnaMay 30th, 2012 at 8:37 am

Bard on the Beach first performed the play in 1993. I am most excited to see the Taming of the Shrew as I missed it back in 2007 and looking forward to this year’s performance.

Vanessa MarshallMay 30th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Bard on the Beach first performed “The Taming of the Shrew” in 1993.

I am excited to see “Macbeth”. It is my favourite Shakespeare play, I am eager to see Frazer in that role after he so impressed last year as Richard III, and I recently saw Macbeth as a strange experiential dance in “Sleep No More” in New York in January.

AprilMay 31st, 2012 at 8:03 pm

The first run of Taming of the Shrew by Bard on the Beach was in 1993. I’m really excited to see both Macbeth (my longtime fave) and Taming of the Shrew (something new) this year. 

Thanks for the great info and contest. 

April

P.S. my twitter handle is @aprilpenney

VirginiaMay 31st, 2012 at 8:15 pm

According to the website, The Taming of the Shrew was first performed in 1993. I am looking forward to seeing my favourite play for this year – The Taming of the Shrew! I was sad to have missed it a few years ago!

Sunshine GJune 1st, 2012 at 8:50 am

First Bard on the Beach was 1993, but I only started going a few years ago…and didn’t go at all last year!

Ekaterina D.June 1st, 2012 at 12:01 pm

1993!

Macbeth might be great and all but I’m all for watching Taming of the Shrew this year (I’m a BIG Ten Things I Hate about you fan).

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WallyJune 1st, 2012 at 4:15 pm

First performance was in 1993. It’s also my favourite production.

HarjitJune 1st, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I found the info on Wiki, Taming of the Shrew was first performed in 1993. I have been to Bard on the Beach just once in 2007, and that was when I saw Taming of the Shrew. I would love to see something new like The Merry Wives of Windsor.

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MayJune 1st, 2012 at 11:57 pm

‘Taming of the Shrew’ was first performed at Bard on the Beach in 1993. I was excited to see ‘Macbeth’ will be on centre stage this summer!

CatherineJune 2nd, 2012 at 9:03 pm

_The Taming of the Shrew_ was first staged at Bard in 1993. I’ve always wanted to see this play, since my own first name is Catherine :)

Macbeth looks like it will be an excellent production, as well; I am really looking forward to Colleen Wheeler’s interpretation of Lady Macbeth, and both she and Bob Frazer are more than strong enough to carry this play.

VictoriaJune 3rd, 2012 at 8:16 am

The first time that Bard on the Beach performed The Taming of the Shrew was in 1993.
The Bard on the Beach performance that I am the most excited about this year is Macbeth! I have heard great words about Macbeth’s lead actors (Colleen Wheeler and Bob Frazer) from a Bard volunteer who said that they were hilarious in Bard’s 2007 production of The Taming of the Shrew. I am also excited about seeing Macbeth since I just took a Shakespeare course in which I studied this fantastic play! :)

June SetoJune 3rd, 2012 at 5:21 pm

1993 was the first time that Bard on the Beach staged The Taming of the Shrew. My fave BotB play this year is Taming of the Shrew, although MacBeth is a very close second. I’ve enjoyed it ever since I saw Liz Taylor and Richard Burton in the 1967 film! Plus I have a thing about gender bias, so I’m always rooting for Kate. I’m also a Bob Frazer fan. I loved it when he played Petruchio in the 2007 BotB production!

Andy C.June 4th, 2012 at 3:43 am

1993! A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the one I’m partial too but the Scottish play rates highly too.

TeresaJune 4th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

The date was 1993. My favourite one is The Taming of the Shrew.

RaulJune 6th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

UPDATE – And the winner of my Bard on the Beach contest is Valerie. I have sent you an email. Congratulations!

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