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The Taming of the Shrew Tickets

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The Taming of the Shrew at London's Barbican retells the classic with a hierarchy flipping twist
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. 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. 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. Creative team Justin Audibert Director Stephen Brimson Lewis Set Design Hannah Clark Costumes Matt Peel Lighting Ruth Chan Music Claire Windsor Sound Lucy Cullingford Movement Rachel Bown-Williams, Ruth Cooper-Brown Fights 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
  • local_play Tickets from only £25
  • date_range Nov 5, 2019 → Jan 18, 2020
  • assistant The Barbican
    Silk Street,London, EC2Y 8DS
  • subway Barbican
  • access_time 2hr 50min (inc. interval)
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Rated 4.2 out of 5 (21 Reviews)
  • Review Avatar Nov 9, 2019

    I found it incredibly entertaining. The acting was suburb, the speech was eloquent and the different interpretation with the gender reversal was absolutely intriguing. It gave women the power over the men which switched things up.

  • Review Avatar Nov 10, 2019

    I got special offer on seats and the seats were great . The best Taming of the shrew I have seen ! Fun , great pace and it brought the play alive . Only one questionable acting part but the rest superb .

  • Review Avatar Nov 12, 2019

    Much as I wanted to didn’t really enjoy it

  • Review Avatar Nov 13, 2019

    Brilliant concept and execution. Very moving, at the end.

  • Review Avatar Nov 22, 2019

    Excellent performances from all ----not sure about the 'role reversal' idea ---was the first time I had seen the play -so perhaps that didn't help

  • Review Avatar Dec 1, 2019

    A mixture of good and weird, actors were very screechy in places for no apparent reason. Not entirely sure what the arms in the air every few scenes was all about either. Will stick to the book next time.

  • Review Avatar Dec 4, 2019

    Loved it. But the gender switch really makes you think about attitudes towards women.

  • Review Avatar Dec 4, 2019

    Absolutely amazing performance

  • Review Avatar Dec 4, 2019

    Well made production, with reimagined characters to make it relevant to the present day. Funny in parts and cast engage well with the audience.

  • Review Avatar Dec 5, 2019


  • Review Avatar Dec 13, 2019

    Interesting concept but poorly applied. Enthusiastic acting but not convincing. Inconsistent use of language for the gender change. Ineffective use of staging and costumes. The programme explained what was intended, but did not translate the intention to the practice. Worth attending to join in the debate.

  • Review Avatar Dec 13, 2019

    Great production

  • Review Avatar Dec 19, 2019

    I was in London for only for a few days. I thoroughly enjoyed the show. Thank you.

  • Review Avatar Dec 19, 2019

    Loved it! Cast a whole new light on the play. T of the S is deeply misogynistic and it needs to be 'dealt with' differently if it is to be palatable for a modern audience. And this production did just that, and ensured that the comedy and wit came to the fore. Very enjoyable evening.

  • Review Avatar Dec 22, 2019

    An entraining show, with fabulous costumes and some terrific performances but (directorially) not up to the usual standards of the RSC, in my view.

  • Review Avatar Dec 22, 2019

    Some great performances amongst some weaker one. The gender swap didn’t quite hit the spot with a very weak Kate but the Barbican and it’s facilities really did impress.

  • Review Avatar Dec 22, 2019

    funny, fun,good acting and production. Quieter actors needed mikes.Difficult to comprehend

  • Review Avatar Dec 28, 2019

    great production made relevant for today

  • Review Avatar Jan 3, 2020

    2nd RSC show we have been to. We saw Merry Wives of Windsor last year. Really enjoyed it. Thought provoking, fun and entertaining.

  • Review Avatar Jan 3, 2020

    A right romping giggle from start to finish, played in great spirit. A really interesting switch of male/ female roles, quite apposite for today.