Sunday, 2 May 2010
On this day...
'A Pleasant Conceited Historie, called the taming of a Shrew', appears in the Stationer's Register in 1594. Thought to be related to Shakespeare's similarly named play, 'The Taming of The Shrew', scholars have speculated on the relationship between the two, with the former hypothesised to be a reported performance text, a source, or even a draft of Shakespeare's comedy. Thus there remains, as with so many of his plays, much confusion over the date on which it was written, with estimates lying between 1590 and 1594 and it first recorded performance noted, as 'The Tamynge of A Shrowe', in Philip Henslowe's diary as being on June 13th, 1594.
As well as the numerous stage adaptations, the play has since gone on to inspire highly successful productions in other media, including opera, musicals and films, perhaps of which the most notable is 1999 screen hit '10 Things I Hate ABout You'. Yet despite being a popular drama, 'The Taming of The Shrew' is not without its controversies, with accusations of both misogyny and false authorship being levelled.