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The Taming of the Shrew at London's Barbican retells the classic with a hierarchy flipping twist

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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.

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.

Creative team

Justin Audibert Director

Stephen Brimson Lewis Set Design

Hannah Clark Costumes

Matt Peel Lighting

Ruth Chan Music

Claire Windsor Sound

Lucy Cullingford Movement

Rachel Bown-Williams, Ruth Cooper-Brown Fights


Joseph Arkley

Charlotte Arrowsmith

Hannah Azuonye

Melody Brown

Richard Clews

James Cooney

Amelia Donkor

Laura Elsworthy

Amanda Harris

Emily Johnstone

Alex Jones

Alexander Mushore

Michael Patrick

Claire Price

Sophie Stanton

Aaron Thiara

Amy Trigg

Leo Wan