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    Justine Audibert directs a groundbreaking new production of The Taming of the Shrew, where the 1590s are reimagined with women in charge.

    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.

    Sorry this show closed 18 January 2020, we recommend these similar productions.

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    Performance dates:
    18 Jan 2020 - 18 Jan 2020
    Running time:
    2 hours and 50 minutes including an interval.
    Age recommendation:
    Recommended 12+
    Audience Notes:
    If you like modern interpretations of Shakespearian classics, then this production is certainly the one for you!

    Latest Audience Reviews

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

    kimr's avatar
    kimr 14 Jan 2020
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    vivalabeat Top 100 reviewer 12 Jan 2020
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    andrewf16 Top 50 reviewer 02 Jan 2020

    Really entertaining and the usual high quality production.

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    pl6125 26 Dec 2019
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    dali21 Top 200 reviewer 24 Dec 2019
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    NDS5 01 Dec 2019
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