Lindsay Posner's bold, fresh, touring production of Shakespeare's gender- politics comedy which boldly combines traditional and modern elements to delightful effect.
Who's In It
Stuart McQuarrie is an excellent, beefy Petruchio while Monica Dolan's tart aggressiveness hits the spot. A fine supporting cast includes Jo Stone-Fewings as Lucentio and Louis Hilyer as his servant Tranio.
What They Say About It
"In its staging ideas and the rich personality of its casting, this production is artfully pitched to take to the road and win over the kind of young crowd who would not naturally put an evening at this allegedly misogynist comedy on the top of any wish-list," Paul Taylor, The Independent.
"The great thing about Lindsay Posner's lucid, intelligent staging for the RSC is that he never tries to make the piece seem comfortable. It is amusing, for we often find cruelty funny, but there is no mistaking its viciousness," Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph.
"This is a bold, shrewd Shrew where the casting unfortunately mirrors the sexual politics of the play: McQuarrie dominates, Dolan disappoints," Nick Curtis, Evening Standard.
Where You Can See It
The Taming of the Shrew is at The Pit, Barbican, London EC2 (0171-638 8891) to 20 Nov