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The Taming of the Shrew | Globe Tickets

Get ready to step into the world of an absurd carnival as this vicious comedy returns to the Globe.
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About The Taming of the Shrew | Globe

This summer, be transported to Renaissance Italy through Shakespeare's fan-favorite classic comedy The Taming of the Shrew at the Globe. Book The Taming of the Shrew tickets on TodayTix.

See the talented cast take the stage, including Andrew Leung (Barbie) as Petruchio, Thalissa Teixeira (We Met Before) as Katherina/the Shrew, Sophie Mercell (EastEnders) as Bianca, and Yasmin Taheri (The Long Shadow) as Lucentio.

The Taming of the Shrew in London tells a centuries-old provocative tale of love and humor when Lucentio falls for Bianca. Before he can court her, Bianca's older sister, Katherina, must be married. However, Katherina stubbornly doesn’t want to marry, so as the play goes on, Petruchio "tames" her.

The play has a skilled creative team, including director Jude Christian (Titus Andronicus). Jackie Orton, who was the deputy head of costume at the Royal Court theatre for 12 years, is the costume supervisor, and the fight and intimacy director is Haruka Kuroda (Sherwood, Romeo & Juliet).

Start date

6th June, 2024

End date

26th October, 2024

Age

All Ages. Please note: some of Shakespeare’s Plays explore scenes which some children may find upsetting.

Production note
The play contains sexual references and misogynistic themes and language.

Venue

Globe Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9DT

Directions

Location: Fringe/Off West End
Railway station: London Bridge
Directions from tube: Exit the station, following signs for the River Thames/South Bank. As you reach the river, head west and the Globe is by the Tate Modern on the south side of the river.

More information about The Taming of the Shrew | Globe

It is hard to pinpoint exactly when The Taming of the Shrew was written in part due to the plot similarities between A Pleasant Conceited Historie, called the taming of a Shrew, an Elizabethan play. According to Philip Henslowe's journal, the earliest known performance of The Taming of the Shrew took place on 11 June 1594 at Newington Butts Theatre by the Lord Admiral's Men and the Lord Chamberlain's Men.

Since then, the play has been performed countless times around the world, including the 1978 New York Shakespeare Festival revival starring Meryl Streep and Raul Julia and the 2003 Shakepheare's Globe revival starring Janet McTeer as part of the all-female cast.

The Taming of the Shrew is a play that has been adapted for other theatre works, television, film, radio, and opera. One of the most notable adaptations is Cole Porter's hit musical Kiss Me, Kate. Another successful adaptation was the 1967 film version of The Taming of the Shrew, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who were married at the time. Both Taylor and Burton were nominated for BAFTA awards for their roles.

What to watch for

  • Shakespeare drew inspiration for The Taming of the Shrew from numerous sources, including folk tales and songs that were popular when the play was written. There was also much debate during this era regarding women and their duties in marriage, which likely also influenced the themes in this play.
  • The Taming of the Shrew uses a framing device called an induction; the play opens as a nobleman tricks a drunk man into thinking he is a nobleman and then has the play performed for him.
  • The 1999 high school comedy 10 Things I Hate About You, starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles, is based on The Taming of the Shrew.
  • The 1953 opera, The Taming of the Shrew, by Vittorio Giannini, was a successful adaptation of the play. In 1954, a 90-minute shortened version of the opera starring John Raitt and Susan Yager was filmed by the NBC Opera Theater for television.

Frequently asked questions

What is The Taming of the Shrew | Globe about?

This summer, see the classic Shakespearean comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, at the Globe starring Andrew Leung (Barbie) as Petruchio and Thalissa Teixeira (We Met Before) as Katherina/the Shrew.

How do you get tickets for The Taming of the Shrew | Globe?

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Which theatre is The Taming of the Shrew | Globe at?

The Taming of the Shrew | Globe is at London's Globe Theatre.

What is the age recommendation for The Taming of the Shrew | Globe?

All Ages. Please note: some of Shakespeare’s Plays explore scenes which some children may find upsetting.

How much are tickets for The Taming of the Shrew | Globe?

The Taming of the Shrew | Globe tickets start at £8.

Who wrote The Taming of the Shrew?

The play is written by William Shakespeare.

Who directed The Taming of the Shrew?

Jude Christian is the play’s director.

Is The Taming of the Shrew appropriate for kids?

There is not an age limit on The Taming of the Shrew, but there is some strong language, sexual references, and misogynistic themes.

Is The Taming of the Shrew good?

The Taming of the Shrew is a classic Shakespearean comedy that has been performed for centuries by many fantastic actors, including stars Meryl Streep and Janet McTeer. The play's longevity and the many adaptations speak to the show's quality and lasting themes.

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