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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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Justin Audibert puts the women in charge in a reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew showing at The Barbican

A landmark production as women take charge’ ★★★★ Evening Standard

Many are familiar with William Shakespeare’s classic version of this play but if you want to see this radical retelling then book your tickets for The Taming of the Shrew now. Justin Audibert will direct this energetic comedy set to open at the Barbican on 5 November 2019 and is booking until 18 January 2020 as part of the upcoming 2019/20 RSC season at the Barbican Centre.

So, what is the twist in this production?

The Taming of the Shrew has been retold countless times and has had various loose adaptations, which famously include Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate which was adapted into a film in 1967, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. It was even adapted into a high school romantic comedy 10 Things I Hate About You, starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles.

The twist on Audibert’s 2019 reimagining completely turns the hierarchy on its head. The original version of this play is controversial and considered to be misogynistic, but this twist sees the women put in charge. Switching up the genders allows for a completely new take and offers a humorously profound portrayal of hierarchy and control.

Who are the cast and creatives in this reimagined comedy?

The cast for this gender-focused comedy are made up of the following: Joseph Arkley as Katherine, Charlotte Arrowsmith as Curtis, Hannah Azuonye as Pedant, Melody Brown as Vincentia, Richard Clews as Grumio, James Cooney as Bianco, Amelia Donkor as Hortensia, Laura Elsworthy as Trania, Amanda Harris as Baptista and Emily Johnstone as Lucentia.

The cast will be complete by Alex Jones, Alexander Mushore, Michael Patrick, Claire Price, Sophie Stanton, Aaron Thiara, Amy Trigg and Leo Wan.

Justin Audibert, the artistic director of the Unicorn Theatre, will be directing. Joining the creative team will be Stephen Brimson Lewis (set design), Hannah Clark (costumes), Matt Peel (lighting), Ruth Chan (music), Claire Windsor (sound), Lucy Cullingford (movement) and Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Copper-Brown (fights).

The Taming of the Shrew RSC Barbican tickets London available now!

This reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic isn’t one to be missed, as the witty twist is certainly going to give this explosive tale of courtship a whole new lease of life. The Taming of the Shrew tickets for the Barbican Centre run are likely to be in high demand, so be sure to snatch yours up today!

Gallery photo credits: Photos by Ikin Yum (c) RSC

***Also playing for the RSC's 2019/20 season at The Barbican are new productions of William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure and As You Like It.

Additional Information

Age restriction

To be confirmed.

Running time

2hr 50min (inc. interval)

Performance dates

5 November 2019 - 18 January 2020

Special notes

A post-show talk that is free for same-day ticket holders will be held on Monday, 16 December 2019. A Weekend Lab led by Justin Audibert will be held from 18 to 19 January 2020.


An audio-described and captioned performance with Touch Tour (5.15pm) will be held on Tuesday, 17 December at 7.15pm.

Venue Information

BarbicanSilk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Customer Reviews

21 reviews4.2

clare11th January

excellent performances, especially Petruchia and Trania

Alison K3rd January

A right romping giggle from start to finish, played in great spirit. A really interesting switch of male/ female roles, quite apposite for today.

Justine Marlowe3rd January

2nd RSC show we have been to. We saw Merry Wives of Windsor last year. Really enjoyed it. Thought provoking, fun and entertaining.

Anne e wood28th December

great production made relevant for today

Mr Lockie22nd December

funny, fun,good acting and production. Quieter actors needed mikes.Difficult to comprehend

Mrs Gemma Ackref22nd December

Some great performances amongst some weaker one. The gender swap didn’t quite hit the spot with a very weak Kate but the Barbican and it’s facilities really did impress.

Alan Newland22nd December

An entraining show, with fabulous costumes and some terrific performances but (directorially) not up to the usual standards of the RSC, in my view.

Ginny19th December

Loved it! Cast a whole new light on the play. T of the S is deeply misogynistic and it needs to be 'dealt with' differently if it is to be palatable for a modern audience. And this production did just that, and ensured that the comedy and wit came to the fore. Very enjoyable evening.

Rosa Rebagliiati19th December

I was in London for only for a few days. I thoroughly enjoyed the show. Thank you.

Sue Bradley13th December

Great production

Duck T13th December

Interesting concept but poorly applied. Enthusiastic acting but not convincing. Inconsistent use of language for the gender change. Ineffective use of staging and costumes. The programme explained what was intended, but did not translate the intention to the practice. Worth attending to join in the debate.

Omer Cohen5th December