RSC Delayed Live: The Taming of the Shrew

The McCarthy

Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes.


Director: Justin Audibert
Designer: Stephen Brimson Lewis
Costume Designer: Hannah Clarke
Lighting: Matt Peel
Music: Ruth Chan
Sound: Claire Windsor
Movement: Lucy Cullingford
Fights: Rachel Bowns-Williams & Ruth Cooper-Brown

Key Cast:

Amanda Harris
Joseph Arkley
James Cooney
Claire Price
Amelia Donkor
Sophie Stanton
Emily Johnstone
Laura Elsworthy
Amy Trigg
Melody Brown
Richard Clews

Price: £17

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21 June

Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story.

Justin Audibert (Snow in Midsummer, The Jew of Malta) turns Shakespeare's fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.

Read the synopsis for Justin Audibert's reimagined The Taming of the Shrew – where 1590s England is a Matriarchy.

The Challenge
Fortune-hunting Hortensia, rich old Gremia and newly-arrived-in-town Lucentia all wish to court the handsome Bianco, but his mother Baptista decrees he cannot marry before his older brother, the sharp-tongued and quick-tempered Katherine.

The bachelorette Petruchia steps up to the challenge and vows to woo Katherine, both for Katherine's dowry and for the challenge of overcoming his fearsome reputation.

Hortensia and Lucentia gain access to Bianco by disguising themselves as his tutors, while Lucentia's servant Trania pretends to be Lucienta. Bianco favours the young Lucentia as his suitor.

Taming A Shrew
Petruchia succeeds in wooing Katherine – but shocks everyone by turning up late to the wedding wearing unsuitable clothes. She then takes him off to her country house, where she 'tames' him through various forms of deprivation.

Trania persuades a travelling schoolteacher to pretend to be Lucentia's mother Vincentia in order to give assurance of Lucentia's financial means to Baptista. There is confusion when the real Vincentia turns up. She eventually approves of the marriage of Lucentia and Bianco.

Hortensia accepts defeat and marries a wealthy widower, while Petruchia and Katherine return to reveal that Katherine is now a changed man.

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