The RSC on tour with The Taming of the Shrew in Spring 2012

Production visits Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Richmond and Bath.

Lisa Dillon and David Caves to play Katharina and Petruchio

The Royal Shakespeare Company will tour The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare's sometimes controversial romantic comedy exploring love and sexual politics, to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Richmond and Bath in February and March 2012. The production takes to the road after a run at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in January and February 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 Pocket (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 production is designed by Ruth Sutcliffe, with lighting by Oliver Fenwick, movement by Liam Steel, and fights by Terry King.

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

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 (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) (fees apply)

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

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