The Taming of the Shrew

Royal Shakespeare Company

A collection of 10 female cast hold empowered poses on stage

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.

Tagged with: Theatre & dance RSC 2019

Duration: 3 hours including an interval


Mon 16 Dec
Post-show talk

Free to same-day ticket holders

Tue 17 Dec, 7.15pm
Audio-described and captioned performance with Touch Tour (5.15pm)

18–19 Jan
Weekend Lab led by Justin Audibert 

Presented by the Barbican. The Royal Shakespeare Company is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. The RSC Acting Companies are generously supported by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and The Kovner Foundation. The RSC’s London production of The Taming of the Shrew is kindly supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and the London Community Foundation.

Includes a limited number of premium seats at £75*

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£18 tickets for UK schools (£16 for RSC Education Members) available for Monday to Thursday performances. £25 tickets (£18 for RSC Education Members) for UK colleges or universities. 1 free teacher’s ticket is available for every 10 students. £25 tickets for International schools, colleges and universities.

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Exclusions apply. Discounts are not available on lowest price tickets and are subject to availability. Discounts do not apply to associated talks, films or workshops. They cannot be combined to make greater savings.

A limited number of £10 day seats are available in person at the Barbican Box Office from 10:30am on the day of the performance.

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‘A landmark production… delightful to see the RSC in full flow‘
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