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The ultimate battle of the sexes is turned on its head in this 'deftly provocative and exuberantly entertaining' (The Times) production in which the 1590s are reimagined - with women in charge.
Taking inspiration from the novel The Power by Naomi Alderman, Justin Audibert directs a revelatory The Taming of the Shrew, set in a matriarchal world, with sumptuous Elizabethan costumes.
In this radical take on Shakespeare's fierce and energetic comedy of gender, Baptista Minola is seeking to marry off her two sons, the sweet-tempered Bianco and the rebellious Katherine.
Cue an explosive courtship and a keenly witty portrayal of hierarchy and control.
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London EC2Y 8DS
Performance days & times
Mon 16 Dec
Free to same‑day ticket holders
Tue 17 Dec, 7.15pm
Audio‑described and captioned performance with Touch Tour (5.15pm)
Weekend Lab led by Justin Audibert
Author: William Shakespeare
Composer: Ruth Chan
Director: Justin Audibert
Set designer: Stephen Brimson Lewis
Costume designer: Hannah Clark
Lighting: Matt Peel
Sound: Claire Windsor
Fight director: Rachel Bown-Williams, Ruth Cooper-Brown
Production: Royal Shakespeare Company