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

★★★★ A landmark production as women take charge


★★★★ Deftly provacative & exuberantly entertaining


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For the first time in 25 years, Royal Shakespeare Company returns to Chicago. After thrilling audiences in Stratford-upon-Avon this spring, the RSC’s powerful, reimagined production is a must-see event of the 2019/20 Season. Set in a matriarchal world where women hold all the power, Shakespeare's fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism is turned on its head—offering a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power. In gender-swapping Shakespeare’s story, the usually female roles (such as Katherine and Bianca) are now male characters, played by men, while the usually male roles (Petruchio and Gremio) have become female characters, portrayed by women. By putting the women in charge, the shift in power dynamics sets off an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story.



Video: On Stage: Royal Shakespeare Company's The Taming of the Shrew

Video: The Director's Perspective

Gallery: Royal Shakespeare Company's The Taming of the Shrew


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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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