Friday, 18 August 2017

Director hopes to tame Shakespeare audiences

IF JAMES Clifford doesn’t trigger Henley’s interest in going to see a Shakespeare play it won’t be through lack of trying.

He has a passion for the great man’s work and bringing it to the widest audience and is desperate to prove that it is a vital part of modern theatre.

In many ways it would be a tragedy if he fails to inspire a full house at the Kenton on November 11 for his production of The Taming of the Shrew. It is imaginative, different but faithful to the plot, language and poetry of the original even though it is set in Swinging Sixties.

James, who at the age of 28 has a wealth of experience through his Immersion Theatre company which belies his age, explained: “It works so well. I wanted it to have an appeal and be relevant to a modern audience.

“It is such a tremendous play with so many different layers, yes it is a comedy but then you look at the relationship between Petruchio and Katherine and all that is happening there and then at the finish you have one of the greatest final speeches in Shakespeare.”

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