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About Taming of the Shrew

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW has divided critical and audience response for centuries - feisty girl brought down by chauvinist bigot, or the love story of two people outside society? At Wilton''s, that surviving testament to our music hall past, we aim to put this most theatrical of Shakespeare''s comedies to the test; to explore the role-playing, the games and the deceptions of this riotous comedy; and to discover what passions lie beneath the facades its diverse group of characters present to the world.

Padua. A wealthy lady of the town, Minola, seeks suitors for her two eligible sons; but while a queue of suitors lines up to woo the handsome and agreeable younger of the two, the elder’s reputation as an ill-tempered shrew could yet prove disastrous for his family’s prospects…

An exhilarating retelling of Shakespeares’s dark comedy, where social absurdities are turned on their head, to glorious comic effect.

The thrilling centrepiece of Custom/Practice’s month long festival at the Arts investigating evolving relations between minority groups and the theatre - with a focus on gender, race and disability – this unique production sees the main characters switch sex, in a world where the women hold the power and the men are to be advantageously wed.

A hilariously disorienting exploration that breathes new life into to this darkest of Shakespearean comedies – expect a production that gallops along with Custom/Practice’s trademark pace and energy, and an irreverent celebration of a well-loved classic.

“...the kind of energy and enthusiasm that Shakespeare thrives upon...”
TimeOut on As You Like It 

“...this exuberant production gives this well-loved comedy a sparkling freshness.”
What’sOnStage on Twelfth Night 

"…dynamic and powerful...this splendid production was enthusiastically applauded"
British Theatre Guide on Romeo & Juliet

“…one of the most accessible and intelligent productions of, arguably, one of the favorites in the Shakespeare repertoire.”
British Theatre Guide on A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes including interval

14 April to 30 April 2016

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