The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

5 (1) · Shakespeare

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.

“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.”


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.

Critic reviews

Having seen numerous Shakespeare plays performed live, hearing the audience laugh constantly throughout both acts, was a new and wonderful experience

West End Wilma

Those familiar with the play may find this production amusing, but those who are not familiar with it, may not be enlightened

London Box Office

The role-reversal conceit leaves you weary

The Times

Taming Of The Shrew For The Woke Generation


A gender-swap doesn’t fix the problems posed by Shakespeare’s play


This gender-swapped ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ only exacerbates the problems at the heart of Shakespeare’s wife-beating comedy

Time Out

Different but still problematic

The Arts Desk

A vibrant, vital attempt to revisit this thorny text

WhatsOnStage (Stratford Run)

Landmark production as women take charge

Evening Standard (Stratford Run)

While it is indeed a joyful and refreshing evening, the play lacks a continually comedic atmosphere, and on some occasions the humour feels thin

A Younger Theatre

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 5 Nov - Sat 18 Jan, 1.15pm & 7.15pm
Runtime: 2 hrs 50 mins


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