Tuesday, October 14, 2008

TNT Britain: Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew at the Lyceum Theatre, Shanghai

The performance of The Taming of the Shrew at Shanghai's Lyceum Theatre (57 Mao Ming Lu) this past Saturday was brilliantly put together by TNT Britain. The troupe travels to Shanghai once a year, but this year we were lucky enough to host them twice (they were here for Hamlet in the Spring too).

The Taming of the Shrew is one of those plays that can be quite uncomfortable for modern audiences (actually, it has always offended some viewers), but the troupe managed it in such a way as to redefine it in their staging. The audience ate it up. You could hear loud laughter throughout the performance, and several times the actors provoked spontaneous applause for an especially good display of talent (like Richard Keightley's "racing" through the description of Petruchio's dress at the wedding — very funny!).

TNT Britain travels all over the world, and I imagine they are as warmly received everywhere they go as they are here in Shanghai. I am eager for their next visit, and wouldn't mind it one bit if they made their 2 performances here this year a norm!

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