The Taming of the Shrew

March 17th, 1994 — April 9th, 1994


La Boite Theatre, Brisbane


La Boite Theatre


Sue Rider


William Shakespeare


Charles Barry
Andrew Buchanan
Michael Forde
Kathryn Lister
Barbara Lowing
Deborah Mailman
Lesley Marller
Stephen Ross

Costume Designer

Christopher Smith

Set Designer

Christopher Smith

Lighting Designer

Matthew Scott

The Taming of the Shrew

Unanimously well-received by critics, The Taming of the Shrew directed by Sue Rider in an Australian context was considered a landmark production and featured indigenous actresses Deborah Mailman and Lesley Marller as Katherina and Baptista respectively.

Alison Cotes wrote in the Brisbane Review (March 22, 1994): “This production … is the most energetic and intelligent Shakespeare I’ve seen in a long time. It’s a glorious romp full of raw energy and raunchy knockabout farce and glorious wit, and the audience was with the cast every inch of the way”.

This production was one of a number of plays in which Rider employed blind racial casting . Others included Freedom Ride, The Taming of the Shrew, Low and Romeo and Juliet.

Writer: Christine Comans



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