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RSC's The Taming of the Shrew  © Ikin Yum


The Taming of the Shrew   |   Production   |   William Shakespeare

 Joseph Arkley (Katherine) in the RSC's The Taming of the Shrew  © Ikin Yum

About this production

One of Shakespeare’s most problematic plays is flipped on its head in this gender-swapping adaptation from the Royal Shakespeare Company, where a matriarchal society dominates 1590s Britain. Captured live in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2019, director Justin Audibert’s main house debut delivers a statement production on female empowerment.

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Discover video and written resources to help you teach The Taming of the Shrew, including lesson activities, contextual guides, and exclusive insights from performers, practitioners and Shakespeare experts.

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Plays Through Practice: The Taming of the Shrew

Investigate interpretative choices in The Taming of the Shrew with a range of practical exercises for directing, design and acting in this Plays Through Practice guide.

Taming Kate: Lisa Dillon

Actress Lisa Dillon explains how interrogating the idea of a modern-day shrew led her to create the character of Kate as an outrageous mess of a woman.

On Playing Female Parts: Simon Scardifield

Reflecting on his role as Kate in Propeller Theatre’s all-male production of The Taming of the Shrew, Simon explores the challenges of tackling one of theatre’s most iconic theatre characters as one of the boys.

The Taming of the Shrew Study Guide

Give your students the ultimate introduction to the play’s characters, themes, language and more.

The Shakespeare Series... Part 2: Love

Leading scholars, directors and actors discuss love in Shakespeare’s plays, focusing on The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Shakespeare: A Playwright for All?

Theatre critic Lyn Gardner highlights the need for more gender-fluid and colour-blind approaches to contemporary productions in order to make Shakespeare inclusive for all.

On Shakespeare: Carol Chillington Rutter

Professor of English and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick, Carol sheds light on England’s most renowned playwright.

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