Taming of the Shrew casting update

6 December 2011

Lisa Dillon and David Caves to play Katharina and Petruchio

Stratford-upon-Avon season followed by tour to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Richmond and Bath

19 January – 18 February 2012
Press Night: Wednesday 25 January, 7pm 
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BB
Touring from 23 February – 31 March 2012

Box Office: 0844 800 1110 

Rehearsals are now underway for the Royal Shakespeare Company's new production of The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare's sometimes controversial romantic comedy exploring love and sexual politics.

The production opens at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on 19 January and runs in Stratford-upon-Avon until 25 February 2012. It will then tour to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Richmond and Bath in February and March 2012.

Directed by Lucy Bailey, the production features Lisa Dillon and David Caves as the sparring lovers, Katharina and Petruchio.

Lisa Dillon is known to millions as Mary Smith in the BBC drama, Cranford. On stage she has played Desdemona in Othello for the RSC, with other stage credits including The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other and Present Laughter (National Theatre), The Cherry Orchard and As You Like It (Sheffield Crucible), Design for Living (Old Vic) and Period of Adjustment and Hedda Gabler (Almeida). Lisa also starred in the Stephen Fry film, Bright Young Things.

David Caves' previous work includes: The Beggar's Opera (Open Air Theatre), Macbeth and Troilus and Cressida (Cheek By Jowl), and Stones in his Pockets (UK tour).

Lucy Bailey's acclaimed RSC production of Julius Caesar enjoyed successful seasons in Stratford-upon-Avon, London, and most recently as part of the RSC's 2011 residency in New York. Lucy's other work includes: Macbeth, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, As You Like It, The Maid's Tragedy (Shakespeare's Globe), The Beggar's Opera (Open Air Theatre), The Night Season and Baby Doll (National Theatre) and Tonight at 8.30 and Stairs to the Roof (Chichester Festival). In 2010 Lucy opened a new venue, The Print Room, in Notting Hill, with co-founder, Anda Winters; Lucy's first production there was Fabrication by Pier Paolo Pasolini in a new version by Jamie MacKendrick.

Talking about the forthcoming production of The Taming of the Shrew, Lucy Bailey said:

“Although written over 400 years ago, The Taming of the Shrew is a surprisingly modern piece. Shakespeare explodes the orthodox view of marriage as primarily a business transaction that ensures financial security and legitimate descendents. Instead he champions marriage as a meeting of souls, and an instinctive love bond with one's true mate. What is hilarious and at times disturbing in The Shrew is that these intimate negotiations often take place in painfully public arenas and become a kind of voyeuristic spectator sport for the curious and the idle. The beauty of the play is that Kate and Petruchio finally come to a private understanding that is profound and indestructible.”

The cast is completed by: Hiran Abeysekera (Page), Tom Berish (Servant), Elizabeth Cadwallader (Bianca), Col Farrell (Pedant), Gavin Fowler (Lucentio), Huss Garbiya (Biondello), Simon Gregor (Grumio), Paul Herzberg (Vincentio), Nick Holder (Chrisopher Sly), Kieran Knowles (Servant), Aïcha Kossoko (Hostess and Widow), Jonathan Livingstone (Curtis), Adrian Lukis (Lord), John Marquez (Tranio), David Rintoul (Gremio), Sam Swainsbury (Hortensio), Laura Wells (Maid) and Terence Wilton (Baptista).

The production is designed by Ruth Sutcliffe, with lighting by Oliver Fenwick, music by John Eacott, movement by Liam Steel, and fights by Terry King.

For further information about the tour please contact:
Dean Asker, RSC Press Office
01789 412660, 0778 9937759

For further information and interviews for The Taming of the Shrew in Stratford-upon-Avon and Newcastle-upon-Tyne please contact: Nada Zakula on 01789 412622 or nada.zakula@rsc.org.uk

*A photograph of Lisa Dillon and David Caves is currently available from the RSC press office and from www.epo-online.com
• Rehearsal photographs will be available in due course.
• Production photographs will be available from www.epo-online.com and the press office from 23 January 2012.

Notes to editors:

The Taming of the Shrew performance dates:

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
19 January – 18 February 2012
Box Office: 0844 800 1110

Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
23 February – 3 March 2012
Box Office: 08448 112121

Milton Keynes Theatre
6-10 March 2012
Box Office: 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee)
Groups 01908 547609
www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee)

Theatre Royal, Nottingham
13-17 March 2012
Box Office: 0115 989 5555

Richmond Theatre, Surrey
20-24 March 2012
Box Office: 0844 871 7651 (fees apply)
www.atgtickets.com/richmond (fees apply)

Theatre Royal, Bath
27-31 March 2012
Box Office: Box Office 01225 448844


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