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Lazarus Theatre Company

Classic Theatre Reimagined

The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare

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.

#Shrew #Shakespeare

★★★★★ “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...

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. 

Box Office 

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

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★★★★ “Exciting version of a controversial classic”

Everything Theatre

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

The good people at Stage Review announces Shrew

BroadwayWorld announces Shrew

Act Drop gives our Shrew a shout out

The wonderful Terri Paddock talks Shrew

Time Out gives our Shrew a shout out

My Theatre Mates on our Shrew post show Q&A

Proudly supported by and in association with... 

The Jack Studio Theatre

My Theatre Mates

★★★★ “A highly energetic and entertaining version of the play”

Terry Eastham, London Theatre 1