Month: May 2014

The Taming of the Shrew (2014)

William Shakespeare: “The Taming of the Shrew”


Old Baptista Minola has two daughters: Katharina and Bianca. Katharina, the elder of the two, is a rough, loud, and temperamental shrew whilst the younger sister, Bianca, is pretty, sweet, and well-mannered. But Baptista wants to see Katharina married first before he gives his younger daughter away. This poses a problem, because while Bianca is no short of suitors, Katharina scares away every possible husband.
Hortensio and Gremio, two of Bianca’s suitors make a pact to find a suitable husband for Katharina and free Bianca, just as the rich Lucentio arrives in town and immediately falls for Bianca. Disguised as her tutor he enters the Minola household and courts her. Meanwhile Petruchio, a rich landowner from Verona, has just arrived in town and is looking for a suitable wife. Seeing a challenge he agrees to marry Katharina.
After a hasty and tumultuous wedding Katharina is carried off to his house where he attempts to tame her by giving her a taste of her own medicine. Back in Padua Bianca has fallen in love with her tutor Cambio, the disguised Lucentio. Bianca and Lucentio marry secretly and all things become unraveled in the final banquet scene with the newly “tamed” Katharina. But has she really been tamed?





Baptista MinolaDaniel Freyer
Katharina, Baptista's Elder DaughterDesireé Frasnelli
Bianca, Baptista's Younger DaughterNinna Pohjola
Lucentio, a Suitor to BiancaKira Freyer
Tranio, Servant to LucentioDaniel Schoeppl
Biondello, Lucentio's PageScarlett de Bontin
Vincentio, Father to LucentioJulia Litzlbauer
Gremio, a Suitor to BiancaJudith Winter
Hortensio, a Suitor to BiancaKatharina Enzinger
Petruchio, a Suitor to KatharinaAlbert Ertl
Grumio, Petruchio's ServantMichael Darmanin
A Pedant, Impersonating VincentioLisa Picker
A TailorVerena Holztrattner
A HaberdasherCaroline Viktoria Kranzl
A Rich WidowSandra Pendlebury Laing
ServantsTheresa Dornstädter
Julia Litzlbauer
Caroline Viktoria Kranzl



Producer & DirectorMichael Darmanin
Assistant DirectorsAndreas Schachermayr
Elisabeth Skokan
Set Design & ConstructionAlois Ellmauer
Costumes & Make-UpHellmut Hölzl
Wardrobe AssistantNatascha Fuka
PropsElisabeth Skokan
LightsGunther Seiser
SoundAndreas Schachermayr
Poster DesignAlbert Ertl
School Package & ProgrammeAndreas Schachermayr
Michael Darmanin
Press PhotographyGavin Lyons
Production PhotographySabine Jacobs
FilmDanny Lowman

Reviews: The Taming of the Shrew (2014)

William Shakespeare: “The Taming of the Shrew”


Die English Drama Group feiert Shakespeares 450. Geburtstag – bis 7. Mai! (, 05/05/2014)

“2014 feiert William Shakespeare seinen 450. Geburtstag. The English Drama Group Salzburg hat weder Kosten noch Mühen gescheut und in der ARGEkultur mit einem großartigen Ensemble (16 Personen!) diese frühe Komödie des Dichters zur Aufführung gebracht. Die Liebeswirren in „Bella Italia“, in Szene gesetzt von Michael Darmanin, begeisterten das Publikum. ”

“The Taming of the Shrew” – Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung (, 08/05/2014)

“Sprachhürden oder nicht – die Darsteller ernteten nach jeder Szene ausgiebigen Applaus konnten am Ende noch dreimal die Bühne betreten, um den großen Schlussapplaus entgegenzunehmen.”