‘Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story’.
Claire Price (King Lear, Duke of York’s) will play Petruchia opposite Joseph Arkley‘s (Morte D’Arthur, RSC) Katherine in Justin Audibert’s re-imagined staging of William Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, in a cast where women play the roles written as men and men play those written as women.
The full cast is to include Charlotte Arrowsmith (Curtis), Hannah Azuonye (Pedant), Melody Brown (Vincentia), Richard Clews (Grumio), James Cooney (Bianco), Amelia Donkor (Hortensia), Laura Elsworthy (Trania), Amanda Harris (Baptista), Emily Johnstone (Lucentia), Alex Jones (Haberdasher), Alexander Mushore (Servant), Michael Patrick (Tailor), Sophie Stanton (Gremia), Aaron Thiara (Servant of Petruchia), Amy Trigg (Biondella) and Leo Wan (Widower).
The set for ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ is designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis, with costume design by Hannah Clark, lighting by Matt Peel, music by Ruth Chan, sound by Claire Windsor, and movement by Lucy Cullingford. Fights are by Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown.
‘The Taming of the Shrew’ will run at the RSC’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 8th March to 31st August 2019, with an official opening night of Tuesday 19th March 2019.
The production will be broadcast live from Stratford-upon-Avon on 5th June.
‘Director Justin Audibert (Snow in Midsummer, The Jew of Malta) turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power’.
“In a re-imagined 1590, England is a matriarchy”.