The Taming Of The Shrew
9th June 2020
19:30- 22:10
Following five sold out performances of The Tempest 2019, The Garden Players are planning an exciting new production of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays, The Taming Of The Shrew. This comedy of male chauvinism and women's lib in the 16th century ranks as one of Shakespeare's finest and there will be five performances around midsummer on the evenings of 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th & 13th June 2020.
The company is delighted and excited to be back at Stubbings where by kind permission of the current owner Dudley Good, the superb gardens and lawns of Stubbings House, Maidenhead, a truly stunning venue, will be their outdoor theatre. The lawns will be open for picnics from 5.30pm prior to each performance. While the performances will be open air, their audiences will once again be in the covered stand with raised seating which has been so successful in improving comfort and visibility since The Merchant of Venice in 2014.
In 16th Century Padua, Baptista's daughter Bianca wishes to marry but her father insists that her older sister, the sharp tongued and rebellious Katharine must be married first. Petruchio, a gentleman from Verona, journeys to Padua in search of a wealthy wife. There, he encounters the fiery Katharine who leads him on a merry chase as he attempts to circumvent her efforts to avoid marriage. When the embattled couple return to Padua, Kate helps Petruchio win a wager that his is the most obedient of wives but in reality, the wily Kate has found a more effective way to dominate her mate.
Funny and poignant, perfect for a warm summer's evening!

This year's production will be directed by Jennamarie Smith who will be directing for the first time with the company. Jennamarie has gathered around her a particularly strong cast of well-known local actors from around the Thames Valley, many of whom are stalwarts of The Garden Players, as well as some exciting newcomers.

Since the inaugural 2009 production of Much Ado About Nothing, The Garden Players have raised in excess of £112,000 for various charities. Their aims are to stage high quality productions while maximising charitable donations and raising public awareness of the charities being supported.

The Garden Players are fortunate to be supported, by Grundon and Stuart & Trish Fletcher as the main sponsors, and their thanks go to them for their invaluable contributions.

Box Office Please call the box office at Stubbings on 01628 825454 or alternatively book online at
"Starting in 2008, the Garden Players' productions have become a much-anticipated annual event in the area, so it was with great excitement that I looked forward to their latest performance. While the setting was stunning and a star in itself, the cast really shone."
Beaconsfield Advertiser

"The Garden Players reignited my love for William Shakespeare"
Bucks Free Press
Charity Each year all proceeds of The Garden Players' production are donated to charity. This year they are supporting Child Bereavement UK:-

Child Bereavement UK is a national charity based near High Wycombe which supports parents and children when there is a bereavement in their family.


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