Lazarus Theatre Company
The Taming of the Shrew
18th July - 5th August 2017
The Jack Studio Theatre, Brockley
Kate talks too much; at least, that's what the men of Padua think. So they persuade Petruchio to marry her and bring his wilful wife to heel.
Part farce, and part tragedy, The Taming of the Shrew dramatises society's attempt to control and one woman's bid to resist.
Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes hits the stage in an all-new gutsy and energetic ensemble production. Using text, movement and a contemporary score, with audience in and amongst the action in an in-the-round festival style staging, this is Shrew not to be missed.
The Taming of the Shrew marks our return to The Jack Studio after our riotous production of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera in 2016.
★★★★★ “An epic battle of the sexes to a modern upbeat soundtrack, donned with face glitter and wellies… I cannot recommend this production enough”
Verity Williams, London Pub Theatres
Cast and Creative
Katherina – Charlotte Dowding
Petruchio – Mathew Foster
Bianca – Sabrina Laurison
Lucentio – Samuel Lane
Tranio – Evangeline Dickson
Hortensio – Shiv Rabheru
Biondello/Grumio – Rachel Smart
Gremio/Pedant – CJ de Mooi
Sly – Gareth Balai
Baptista – Dawn Bush
All other roles played by the company
Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Sara Reimers
Costume and Designed by Rachel Dingle
Lighting Design by Stuart Glover
Sound Design by Connor McConnell
Movement Director – Julia Cave
Dramaturge – John King
Stage Manager – Charlotte R L Cooper
Assistant Director – Adam Haigh
Company Photographer – Adam Trigg
Production Graphic Designer – Will Beeston
Associate Producer – Gavin Harrington-Odedra
Production shots taken by Adam Trigg
★★★★★ “A vibrant adaptation”
The Spy in the Stalls
Shakespeare's Shrew... Post Show Q&A...
Is The Taming of the Shrew unavoidably misogynistic? How can the play still be relevant today? What does it tell us about how we can address women’s issues onstage? And what do modern feminists think about this classic from the canon?
Join Terri Paddock along with early modern expert and Royal Holloway Professor Liz Schafer, Actor and @TheDarlingsClub creator Kemi-Bo Millar, Director and Women's Equality Party representative Rebecca Manson Jones and The Taming of the Shrew's Director, Sara Reimers for our post show Q&A on Thursday 27th July. The Q&A is free to all ticket holders.
Dates 18th July – 5th August
Tuesday – Saturday at 7.45pm
Venue The Jack Studio Theatre
Tickets £15.00, £12.00 concessions
Previews (18th and 19th July) all tickets £10
★★★★ “Exciting version of a controversial classic”
A Shakespeare for all time...
Shakespeare at The NT
'As long as people are still speaking English, as long as they're listening to English, they'll be listening to Shakespeare. Nobody's done it better.'
Rufus Norris, Artistic Director of the NT
Sir Lenny Henry, Olivia Vinall, Adrian Lester, Zoë Wanamaker, Dr Abigal Rokison-Woodall, Benedict Nightingale, Polly Findlay and Rufus Norris discuss the history of Shakespeare productions at the NT.
Video courtesy of The National Theatre
★★★★ “Shakespeare's problem play, The Taming of the Shrew,
is given a radical new look, a different emphasis and features a welcome, unexpected, act of rebellion”
Anne Cox, Stage Review
Shrew in the press...
★★★★★ London Pub Theatres
★★★★★ The Spy in the Stalls
★★★★ Everything Theatre
★★★★ Anne Cox, Stage Review
★★★★ Terry Eastham, London Theatre 1
★★★★ “A highly energetic and entertaining version of the play”
Terry Eastham, London Theatre 1