Petruchio played by Leah Whitaker
The Taming of the Shrew (2013)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Leah made her Globe debut as Petruchio in the 2013 all female touring production of The Taming of the Shrew.
“Certainly Petruchio’s relationship to Kate, and his relationship to himself, I think changes throughout the play an awful lot. You see lots of very different Petruchios.”
In her last interview Leah talks about the opening night at the Globe, her favourite moment in the play, and how the play and her character develops as performances continue.
“And it’s a relationship that, for my money could have worked if Petruchio had enough faculties to engage with her in a different level. Because all that he understands is patriarchy, is dominance, and is oppression, she is destroyed by it.”
As rehearsals draw to a close, Leah discusses putting the play together like a jigsaw, the dark side of Petruchio, and the best moments of rehearsal.
“I’m working out on what level the ending affects Petruchio…and he realises that he has in fact broken this spirit that he needed to possess.”
As rehearsals begin, Leah discusses how she starts exploring the key scenes for Petruchio, how he works out his tactics to tame the ‘shrew’, and that you can have too much cake.
“There’s a real freshness and a boldness to the comedy, and a tone of it that was quite different to any other Shakespeare plays that I have read and anything I’d expected.”
Leah talks about first encountering the play and the debate as to what story they are telling, and the magical space of the Globe stage.