The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Katie Johnson

Kate and Petruchio are an unlikely pair, or perhaps they are most cleverly matched. In a battle of sharp tongues, who will get the upper hand when the rules of the game keep changing?

The Taming of the Shrew is one of the great bard’s most charming, funny plays, drawing audiences with its timeless characters and the witty repartee between them. It must be said, however, that Shakespeare’s portrayal of gender in this play sits quite uncomfortably with contemporary notions of equality. This production seeks to address this incongruity by re-examining the relationship between Katharina and Petruchio.

The ever humorous, and oh-so-compelling chemistry between Kat and her “tamer” is transformed into a groovy 1960s romance between a fiery, bra-burning feminist and a flirtatious, swaggering and irresistibly charismatic ladies’ man. You will find this reinterpretation rife with gags, innuendos and un/resolved sexual tension.

Katharina → Louise Harding
Petruchio → Peter Bertoni
Grumio → Jack McMahon
Lucentio → Andrew O'Connell
Tranio → Stephen Bracken
Baptista → David Matters
Bianca → Caitlin Pentecost
Biondello/Curtis/Widow → Emilia Stubbs-Grigoriou
Gremio → Ricky Klein
Vincentio → Jared Hansen