THE weather and setting could not be better for this open air staging of Shakespeare’s controversial play.
Treading the lawn of Birmingham Botanical Gardens was the willful Katharina (Jo Mason) tamed by the cocky Petruchio (Mike Baughan).
The supporting cast did an excellent job to keep it entertaining. The teenage Grumio (Danny Wood) was a wonderfully reluctant servant to Petruchio. One scene in which he was carried off stage, body frozen in a sulk was especially amusing.
The grounds of gardens, with peacocks wandering amongst the audience, made an able replacement for the Crescent Theatre, the only problem being you had to sometimes strain to hear the deliveries.
This was in no part helped by the bizarre decision by the Botanical Gardens to share their venue with at least two other parties, one of which had a disco. However unwelcome, the sound of Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’ brought a smile to my face. The juxtaposition of the lyrics with the topic of the play provided an interesting moment.
You can see the Taming of the Shrew at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens on Saturday (July 4), St Nicolas Place in Kings Norton (July 7-8), Great Garden, New Place in Stratford (July 11) and Harvington Hall (July 17-19).