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The Taming of the Shrew at Barbican Theatre tickets
The Taming of the Shrew at Barbican Theatre tickets

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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.

Important information

Playing at: Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

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

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andrewf16 44 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Really entertaining and the usual high quality production. More

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dali21 102 reviews, 2 helpful votes


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