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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.

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Tue 5 Nov - Sat 18 Jan, 1.15pm & 7.15pm

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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s season at the Barbican continues with this gender-swapped version of Shakespeare sexist comedy. One critic called it “deftly provocative and exuberantly entertaining”, although a few of the critics who saw it up in Stratford were more a bit more lukewarm in their praise.

About The Taming of the Shrew

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.