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Shakespeare's Globe

The Taming of the Shrew [2013]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Joe Murphy

Two wealthy sisters in Padua must be married off. The modest, demure Bianca has no shortage of suitors, but who on earth will take the wild, ungovernable, ‘shrewish’ Katherina? Perhaps the gold-digging Petruchio, as maddeningly strongwilled and perverse as Katherina herself, will be equal to the task of bullying her to the altar.

Shakespeare’s outrageous comedy introduces one of the theatre’s great screwball double-acts, a couple hellbent on confusing and outwitting each other right up to its controversial conclusion.

Kate Lamb and Leah Whitaker featured as part of the Adopt an Actor interview series for this production.

Performed at the Globe and touring on an Elizabethan-style stage, with an all-female cast.


  • Composer Corin Buckeridge
  • Designer Hannah Clark


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Oxford Mail

“The doubling, even tripling, of roles offers a chance for members of the cast to show astonishing versatility”

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The Irish Times

"The Taming of the Shrew is a ghastly play but, like much else at Kilkenny Arts Festival, it’s handled with wit and made wonderful."

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The Telegraph
Dominic Cavendish

“A pleasure-giving and chauvinism-scotching hoot.”

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