The Taming of the Shrew


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.
The Taming of the Shrew at Barbican Theatre

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Overview


Genre: Shakespeare - comedy
Venue: Barbican Theatre
Starts: Tuesday 5 November 2019
Closes: Saturday 18 January 2020
Running time:2 hrs 50 mins
Age suitability: Not available

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Background


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.


Synopsis


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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Barbican Centre
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London EC2Y 8DS

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Dates


Previews from:Tuesday 5 November 2019

Closes:Saturday 18 January 2020

Performance days & times


Evening:
Various ‑ check schedule for details.

Intervals:1

Matinee:
Various - check schedule for details.

Intervals:1

Tickets


Standard:
From £13

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Access information


Mon 16 Dec

Post‑show talk

Free to same‑day ticket holders


Tue 17 Dec, 7.15pm

Audio‑described and captioned performance with Touch Tour (5.15pm)


18‑19 Jan

Weekend Lab led by Justin Audibert


Cast


Joseph Arkley

Charlotte Arrowsmith

Hannah Azuonye

Melody Brown

Richard Clews

James Cooney

Amelia Donkor

Laura Elsworthy

Amanda Harris

Emily Johnstone

Alex Jones

Alexander Mushore

Michael Patrick

Claire Price

Sophie Stanton

Aaron Thiara

Amy Trigg

Leo Wan


Creatives


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

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