69 Jonson Street
Byron Bay NSW 2481
In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy.
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.
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.
The usually female roles, such as Katherine and Bianca (Bianco) have now become male characters, and will be played by men, Joseph Arkley and James Cooney, while the usually male roles Petruchio (Petruchia) and Gremio (Gremia) have become female characters and are taken by women, Claire Price and Sophie Stanton.
★★★★ “A landmark production as women take charge” Evening standard
★★★★ “Deftly provocative and exuberantly entertaining” The Times
★★★★ “Beautiful…revelatory…wonderful” WhatsOnStage
★★★★ “Funny, eye-opening and illuminating” The Stage
This is a screening of the theatre performance, recorded live at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon on 5th June, 2019
11.00am – Internet sales close
12.00pm – Venue doors open / Box Office sales open / Events Bar open
12.40pm – Theatre doors open
1.00pm – The Taming of the Shrew
3.50pm – Event concludes (includes 20 min interval)