1972: The Taming of the Shrew

Jonathan Miller's directorial debut at CFT was a production of The Taming of the Shrew which saw a young Anthony Hopkins star opposite Joan Plowright in the roles of Petruchio and Katherina.

Plowright had already appeared numerous times at Chichester, notably her landmark performance as Shaw's Saint Joan in 1963 and opposite her husband, Sir Laurence Olivier in Uncle Vanya (1962). In contrast, this was Anthony Hopkins' debut performance at CFT, having been spotted by Olivier and asked to join his National Theatre Company in 1965. This was his first and only appearance at the Theatre to date, a wonderful example of Olivier's continued influence at Chichester after handing over the Artistic Directorship to John Clements in 1966.

Production photograph of Anthony Hopkins and Joan Plowright, Taming of the Shrew 1972
Anthony Hopkins and Joan Plowright in Taming of the Shrew 1972

Cast list for The Taming of the Shrew 1972