Reviews

5 Stars
'Astonishingly powerful'
Time Out

5 Stars
'The best Shrew I have ever seen...A triumph'
WhatsOnStage

5 Stars
'Tragedy and comedy combine in this startling, all-Irish take on Shakespeare's trickiest play'
The Arts Desk

4 Stars
The Times

4 Stars
'Caroline Byrne’s splendid revival...thumping good fun'
The Guardian

4 Stars
'Caroline Byrne’s lively and confident production... stingingly provocative...'
Evening Standard

4 Stars
'Powerful...passionate...excellent...'
The Telegraph

4 Stars
'[Aoife] Duffin...is captivating throughout, fiery and smart'
The Stage

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13 May – 6 August 2016

Globe Theatre

Tickets Running Time
Yard (standing) £5 | Gallery (seated) £20 – £45. Under 18s – £3 off all seats in the Globe Theatre Approx. 2 hours 40 mins including an interval

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Director
Caroline Byrne

Dramaturg & Lyricist
Morna Regan 

Set & Costume Designer
Chiara Stephenson

Composer
Bill Barclay 

Choreographer
Emma Martin

Sound Designer
George Dennis

Lighting Designer
Natasha Chivers 

Physical Comedy Director
Joe Dieffenbacher 

Artworks by Dan Hillier

Cast


Amy Conroy
Widow/Haberdasher

Louis Dempsey
Vincentio

Imogen Doel
Tranio

Aoife Duffin
Katherine

Sean Fox
Ensemble

Colm Gormley
Hortensio

Aaron Heffernan
Lucentio

Genevieve Hulme-Beaman
Bianca

Raymond Keane
Gremio

Gary Lilburn
Baptista

Molly Logan
Biondello

Edward MacLiam
Petruchio

Helen Norton
Grumio

Ayoola Smart
Ensemble

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Musicians


Musical Director/Accordion
Mark Bousie

Uilleann Pipes
Loïc Bléjean

Violin/Voice
Úna Palliser

Bodhran/Bouzouki
Tad Sargent 

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'Tis a wonder, by your leave, she will be tam’d so.'

Synopsis


Two sisters are being married off. Bianca is hell-bent on it and can’t wait to fly the nest. Kate, on the other hand, balks at the thought of losing her independence and struggles to think of anything worse. That’s all well and good, but Kate has to marry first for Bianca to be allowed. And whilst Bianca has no shortage of offers, who will get hitched to Kate, the fabulous and ungovernable shrew? Perhaps Petruchio might take her on for a bet: he’s a bit of a gold-digger and as wild and rebellious as our Kate...

Background


Losing none of its power to provoke and sometimes outrage, Shakespeare’s controversial double-act gets a thoroughly fresh, fast and distinctly Irish makeover. Caroline Byrne’s production transports The Taming of the Shrew to the Easter Rising of 1916 in Ireland – the design and costumes of this production will reflect this setting.

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Introductory Lectures →

Inspiring introductory talks about The Taming of the Shrew given by leading Shakespeare scholars and supported by Globe actors.

Tuesday 2 August 

Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe
Tickets: £8 (£6 FoSG/Student)

Theatre Company Q&As →

Theatre company members share their experience of The Taming of the Shrew and answer your questions in these chaired Q&As after the matinee performances.

Wednesday 3 August

Time: 15 minutes after the matinee performance
Venue: Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe
Tickets: £5 (£4 FoSG/Student)

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