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    Inspired by Naomi Alderman’s groundbreaking feminist novel , a new matriarchal interpretation of Shakespeare’s gender comedy The Taming of the Shrew comes to the Barbican in November.

    In this gender-swapped production, Baptista Minola is hoping to marry off her two sons, the kind-hearted Bianco – who has no shortage of admirers - and the rebellious Katherine – who is a little more difficult. What follows is a farcical courtship and a witty, questioning portrayal of hierarchy and feminism.

    As well as currently standing as Artistic Director of young people’s theatre the Unicorn, Justin Audibert has recently been working successfully with the RSC, including acclaimed productions of The Jew of Malta and Chinese classic Snow in Midsummer. In his new production, Audibert will take a story of female subjugation that is becoming progressively harder to stage and turn everything on its head.

    The Barbican’s 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 of whom will also star in the season’s Measure for Measure.

    A fiercely energetic and strikingly fresh production, The Taming of the Shrew plays at the Barbican from 5th November.

    Performance dates: 18 Jan 2020 - 18 Jan 2020

    Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes (incl. interval)

    Age recommendation: Recommended 12+

    Special notice: If you like modern interpretations of Shakespearian classics, then this production is certainly the one for you!

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    Latest audience reviews

    One of Shakespeare's best known comedies. In this production, Shakespeare's male characters have become... More

    kimr 14 Jan 2020

    One of Shakespeare's best known comedies. In this production, Shakespeare's male characters have become female characters and his female characters have become male characters. Everyone in the cast is excellent but Claire Price is brilliant as Petruchia and deserves special praise. Two things are interesting. Firstly, it's not until Katherine and Bianco are male characters that you realise how few lines they have and, secondly, for all the laughter, a modern audience will recognise there is an undercurrent of abusive behaviour by Petruchia and feel guilty and uncomfortable at laughing.

    kimr 14 Jan 2020
    vivalabeat Top 100 reviewer12 Jan 2020
    andrewf16 Top 100 reviewer02 Jan 2020

    Really entertaining and the usual high quality production.

    pl6125 26 Dec 2019
    dali21 Top 200 reviewer24 Dec 2019
    NDS5 01 Dec 2019
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