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SHAKESPEARE AT MAYNARDVILLE OPEN AIR THEATRE

Cape Town is full of amazing and innovative theatrical experiences and a visit to this vibrant city should include a visit to one of the many shows on offer.

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Cape Town is full of amazing and innovative theatrical experiences and a visit to this vibrant city should include a visit to one of the many shows on offer.

You might be wondering what the connection is between a guest house in Gordon’s Bay and the latest production of "The Taming of the Shrew” at the wonderful Maynardville open air theatre in Wynberg, south of central Cape Town. Well, it just so happens that my son, James, is appearing in one of his first professional roles. That’s him holding the head of the engaging puppet lion. The accolades for the play have been fantastic and the lion has received widespread praise (of course)!

Shakespeare at Maynardville is an annual tradition in Cape Town and this year it celebrates its 55th anniversary. It’s a magical experience from start to finish. You can pack a picnic and some blankets and relax in the park prior to the performance and then spend a spellbinding few hours under the stars watching a sparkling show.

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This year’s production gives a new slant on "Taming of the Shrew”. When the play was written, views on the role of women in society were obviously quite different and Shakespeare’s rather mysogynistic handling of the subject matter is frowned upon nowadays. However, director Roy Sergeant has managed to dispell any concerns by adding a comedic and carefree overtone to his version. The circus-style setting, coupled with the quirky ever-present acrobats, dancers and puppets turn the show into a thrilling spectacle. The lines are delivered with a shrug of the shoulders and the actors are obviously having fun with their roles.

If you have the chance, you really should go along – the play runs until 19 February nightly at 20h15.

Author: Jackie
Date: 31 Jan 2011
Tags : Cape Town theatre, False Bay accommodation, Gordon's Bay accommodation, Gordon's Bay guest houses, Maynardville, Taming



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