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‘Taming of the Shrew’ and ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice'

Published: 
03 August 2015
Modified: 
07 August 2015

Enjoy an open-air theatre experience from 3 to 6 September with 2 fabulous performances by the Illyria theatre company. With performances of Shakespeare's ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice' on the beautiful grounds of Raadhuis de Paauw in Wassenaar.

The award-winning British Shakespearean open-air touring theatre company will perform ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, one of Shakespeare’s early comedies on 3 and 4 September. On 5 and 6 September they will perform ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice', adapted from the original poem.

Taming of the Shrew

‘Taming of the Shrew’

Everyone wants to marry mild-mannered Bianca. No one wants to marry her acid-tongued older sister Kate. Their father won’t let anyone marry Bianca until a husband can be found for Kate – but no one knows anyone mad enough to take her on. Until Petruchio comes to town. What happens when a woman who suffers no fools meets a loud-mouthed braggart when neither is ever lost for words? Sparks are guaranteed to fly in Shakespeare’s rumbustious battle-of-the-sexes comedy, where nobody is exactly who they appear to be!

Approximate running time: 2hrs 20mins (including 20 minute interval)

‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

Left alone and bored with his chores, the sorcerer’s apprentice has a bright idea. He waves his wand and the broom magically starts to fetch water for him. But as his bath fills more and more he realises he doesn’t know the spell to make it stop. In desperation he saws the broom in half, but meddling with magic has disastrous consequences.

‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ was adapted by Oliver Gray from the original poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The show features original music by Paul Dukas (as used in Disney’s Fantasia), more water than you’ve ever seen in a play before  and eye-popping magical illusions designed by the world-famous illusionist Paul Daniels.  Exciting and magical family fun for children 5 and up.

Approximate running time: 1hr 30mins (including 20 minute interval)
‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

About Illyria

Illyria was created in 1991 by Oliver Gray. Illyria’s refreshing and clear adaptations of the classics have inspired and entertained audiences ever since in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, the United States and Canada. The company has won international acclaim for its lively, innovative approach to Shakespeare’s plays and its high quality shows for families.

More information about the touring company can be found on the website of Illyria.

Authentic Elizabethan experience

lllyria has developed a unique Shakespearean style. It achieves the seemingly impossible by performing Shakespeare's plays unabridged, with only a handful of actors, a few props and no scenery. The productions are slick, physical and imaginative in execution, being inspired by the performance techniques of Elizabethan touring troupes.

For an authentically Elizabethan experience, Illyria performs Shakespeare’s masterpiece on its own Globe-like stage, in the open air, against the backdrop of the beautiful mansion. The shows go on rain or shine!

Raadhuis de Paauw

Raadhuis de Paauw
Raadhuis de Paauw

Raadhuis de Paauw, a breathtakingly beautiful 18th century country estate in Wassenaar, will be opening its grounds to host this most special cultural event.

The gardens open 2 hours prior to the show and drinks and snacks can be purchased on site. 
Bring your own chair, a picnic hamper and perhaps some rain gear, but no umbrellas are allowed. Please note: Rain does not stop the performances!

Performance times

‘The Taming of the Shrew' will be performed at 19.30 hrs. on Thursday, 3 September and Friday, 4 September. ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice' will be performed at 15.00 hrs. on Saturday, 5 September and 14.00 hrs. on Sunday, 6 September. Performances take place at Raadhuis de Paauw (Raadhuislaan 22) in Wassenaar.

More info and tickets

For more information about the performances and ordering tickets, please visit the website of Stichting The English Theatre (STET)

Scene from 'Sorcerer's Apprentice'
Scene from 'Sorcerer's Apprentice'
Published: 
03 August 2015
Modified: 
07 August 2015

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