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TAMING OF THE SHREW

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Damien Ryan

Classic Comedy It's Complicated

Two sisters. One wants to marry, one doesn’t. What could possibly go wrong?

It's Lights! Camera! Action! on an Italian silent film set in a bygone era. The suitors are lining up to woo movie mogul Baptista’s enchanting film star daughter, Bianca. But there’s a catch: Bianca can’t marry until her elder sister is wed.

Enter Kate — bold, free and fierce, the last thing she wants or needs is a husband. Men conspire to marry this wild woman off to any man who will have her.

Enter Petruchio — Navy captain, in need of a wife. The stage is set for one of the most powerful clashes of wills in history.

With a sprinkle of old-time movie magic, director Damien Ryan rescues this classic love story from the clutches of controversy, by transporting it to a time when Kate is less of a problem and more of a promise of great women to come. This may not be the Shrew you were expecting, but it will be an irresistible night in the theatre filled with glamour, romance, song and laughter. And a plane.

2021 Education Pack Program

  • Duration
    2 hr 50 min, including 20 min interval
  • Times
    Evenings: Mon & Tue 6.30pm, Wed – Sat 7.30pm
    Matinees: Wed 1.00pm, Sat 2.00pm
  • Accessibility
    Auslan Interpreted Mon 17 May, 6.30pm
  • Play briefing

    Tue 4 May, 6.00pm

  • Night with the Artists

    Mon 17 May, 6.30pm

  • Warning

    This play contains theatrical haze and loud, sudden noises

  • Duration
    2 hr 50 min, including 20 min interval
  • Times
    Evenings: Mon & Tue 6.30pm, Wed – Sat 7.30pm
    Matinees: Wed 1.00pm, Sat 2.00pm
  • Accessibility
    Auslan Interpreted Mon 17 May, 6.30pm
  • Play briefing

    Tue 4 May, 6.00pm

  • Night with the Artists

    Mon 17 May, 6.30pm

  • Warning

    This play contains theatrical haze and loud, sudden noises

Creatives

Writer William Shakespeare
Director Damien Ryan
Design Realisation
Adam Gardnir
Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright
Sound Designer Tony Brumpton

Cast

Tania Ellen Bailey
Petruchio Nicholas Brown
Biondello/Tailor/Player Leon Cain
Lucentio Patrick Jhanur
Vincentia/Haberdasher Barbara Lowing
Katharina Anna McGahan
Baptista John McNeill
Rosa/Curtis/Ensemble Wendy Mocke
Gremio/Grumio Bryan Probets
Hortensio David Soncin
Bianca Claudia Ware

Queensland Theatre at Home

This play is also available as part of our new Digital Series, so you can enjoy the best seats in your house.

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Taming of the Shrew with Director Damien Ryan

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Taming of the Shrew Play Briefing

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8 MAY – 5 JUN Bille Brown Theatre, Queensland Theatre
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