The Taming of the Shrew

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Booking until 18 January 2020
Running Time: 2 hours 50 minutes (incl. interval)
A new gender-swapped production inspired by The Power by Naomi Alderman, The Taming of the Shrew arrives on the Barbican stage as part of the RSC’s new season. Justin Audibert directs this new matriarchal interpretation of the Shakespearean classic.

In this new version, gender roles are truly reversed. Baptista Minola hopes to marry off her two sons – sweet and much-admired Bianco, and rebellious Katherine. This new interpretation of Shakespeare’s popular tale is as witty and farcical as the original, but brings new levels to the story with its examination into the nature of hierarchy and feminism.

The production stars Amanda Harris (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pride and Prejudice) as Baptista, James Cooney (Hamlet, This Must Be the Place) as Bianco, and Joseph Arkley (Julius Caesar, Mort D’Arthur) as Katherine. All three will also star in this season’s production of Measure for Measure.

Director Justin Audibert is currently Artistic Director of young people’s theatre the Unicorn. He has worked with the RSC on several recent productions, including The Jew of Malta and Snow in Midsummer.

If you’re a fan of modern spins on classic plays, then Audibert’s The Taming of the Shrew is for you. Catch the production at the Barbican until 18th January.

Child Friendly?

Age recommendations for The Taming of the Shrew are TBC.

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