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About Taming

'A woman moved is like a fountain troubled...'

Kate is a shrew, which means that she has opinions and isn't afraid to share them. Kate lives in Padua, where people seem to be stuck some four hundred years in the past. Kate has to marry an erratic and dubious stranger. But maybe it will all be fine. For their Summer 2018 production, the Shakespeare Institute Players take on Shakespeare on his terms, at his most misogynistic, and invite audiences to wonder: why do we bother performing sexist drivel written several centuries ago, and what purpose does it serve now?

The Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeare's best-known comedies; it has been performed all over the world, and is performed frequently, even by Shakespeare's standards. It has also been adapted often, serving as the source for Anne Tyler's novel Vinegar Girl, and the basis for the hit film 10 Things I Hate About You. Much of modern criticism is concerned with the play's open sexism, made particularly manifest in its problematic and unpalatable conclusion. But really, it's probably fine.

Directed by Juliano Zaffino. 

The Taming of the Shrew will receive four performances:
Friday 13th July 19:00
Saturday 14th July 13:00
Saturday 14th July 19:00
Sunday 15th July 13:00
The performance on Saturday 14th July at 19.00 will be live-streamed online from Stratford-upon-Avon to a world-wide audience.

Tickets will be charged at £10, or £8 for concessions. Email shakespeareinstituteplayers@gmail.com to reserve tickets.

The performance will run for approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including an interval.

Live stream will be available to watch here on the evening. Enjoy!

Please be advised this performance contains strong language, violent scenes, and content that some viewers may find upsetting.

Shakespeare Institute
Mason Croft, Church Street
Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HP