Shaking Up Shakespeare: ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ Modern-Day Retelling

Wednesday, September 20, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us at the Cold Spring branch as we celebrate the 400-year anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio!

Shaking Up Shakespeare is a year-long series taking place at the Cold Spring branch, where we will Shake Up the ways in which you view Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s works are timeless and have been the inspiration for many of our favorite modern-day tales. Join us each month as we explore four of Shakespeare’s most popular works through classroom-style discussions, theatrical performances, and popular movies inspired by the plays!

This month, join us for a showing of a modern-day movie that is a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew with a twist. We will be showing Gil Junger’s 90’s classic rom-com in which a girl wants to go on a date, but house rules say that she can’t until her older sister has a boyfriend, so strings are pulled to set the dour damsel up for a romance. After the movie, talk about key points and differences between the source text and the film adaptation!


What is The First Folio?

The First Folio, officially titled Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, is a collection of Shakespeare’s works. Published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, the First Folio is considered to be one of the most influential books in history. The First Folio contains plays which had never before appeared in print, including As You Like It, Julius CaesarMacbethThe Tempest, and many more. Without the First Folio, 18 of Shakespeare’s plays might have been lost forever.

To learn more about the First Folio, please visit the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Where can I read Shakespeare’s works?

You can find Shakespeare’s many works in our collection, both in physical and digital formats! Search by specific title or by author in the library’s catalog to place items on hold.

Some of Shakespeare’s works are always available in our digital collection! Visit Kentucky Libraries Unbound and log in with your library card number, or search “Shakespeare” in the Libby by Overdrive app! If you have never used Libby or Kentucky Libraries Unbound and are unsure how to get started, visit any of our branches to speak with an Information Services librarian for assistance.

To view a complete list of Shakespeare’s works, please visit the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Upcoming Events:

Join us on October 25th as we begin discussing Macbeth! The first 15 registrants will receive a free copy of No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth, so make sure to reserve your spot! Registration opens on Saturday, August 26th.

On November 29th, Kentucky Shakespeare returns to perform some key scenes from Macbeth! Registration opens on Saturday, September 30th.

On December 20th, experience this classic tale on the big screen with a modern-day film retelling! Registration opens on Saturday, October 21st.


This event is open to all ages.

Please note any accommodation requests in the Special Needs section of the registration form.

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Age Range:   All Ages

Movie Rating:   PG-13

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