Royal Shakespeare

The Taming of the Shrew

April 15

May 2, 2020

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

by William Shakespeare
directed by Justin Audibert
A WorldStage Production from the UK


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Chicago Shakespeare Theater welcomes the illustrious Royal Shakespeare Company back to Chicago for the first time in 25 years. Director Justin Audibert turns Shakespeare’s provocative comedy on its head, setting it in a matriarchal society. Women hold the power, control the state, and own the property. In a world where men have no authority, Lady Baptista is selling off her two sons to the highest bidder. Reversing the traditional gender of each role, the RSC’s production creates a new environment in which the power dynamics of today can be explored through a 400-year-old text. This explosive battle of the sexes promises to be unlike any Shrew you’ve ever seen.



Video: See the Royal Shakespeare Company in Chicago

Video: Putting Women in Charge

Video: Authority in an instant


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Critical Acclaim

“There’s a joy in the swagger of the language and curlicues of the plotting that is sweetened by the role reversals,” declares The Times (UK).
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From the Director

“There is an important conversation about gender and power. I wanted to see what it would feel like when the male voice is not the dominant one.”
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The History of the Play

A brief introduction to the stage history of The Taming of the Shrew, from early productions in Elizabethan England to present-day adaptations.
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The Players

Creative Team

Justin Audibert Director

Stephen Brimson Lewis Set Designer

Hannah Clark Costume Designer

Matt Peel Lighting Designer

Ruth Chan Composer

Claire Windsor Sound Designer

Lucy Cullingford Movement Director

Rachel Bown-Willams Fight Choreographer

Ruth Cooper-Brown Fight Choreographer

Liz Larsen CST Stage Manager


Claire Price Petruchia

Joseph Arkley Katherine

Charlotte Arrowsmith Curtis

Hannah Azuonye Pedant

Melody Brown Vincentia

Richard Clews Grumio

James Cooney Bianco

Amelia Donkor Hortensia

Laura Elsworthy Trania

Alexandra Gilbreath Gremia

Amanda Harris Baptista

Emily Johnstone Lucentia

Alex Jones Haberdasher

Alexander Mushore Servant

Michael Patrick Tailor

Aaron Thiara Servant of Petruchia

Amy Trigg Biondella

Leo Wan Widower

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