The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew (1999) Publicity image for the production, showing Petruchio (Stuart McQuarrie) holding Katharine (Monica Dolan) in the palm of his hand.  Photo by Robert Workman © RSC

Shakespeare wrote The Taming of the Shrew around 1590-1.
Explore the links on the left to find out more about the play, and some of our previous productions.

Full synopsis
Read the story of The Taming of the Shrew. If you don't want to know how it ends, don't read the last section!

Dating the play
Rebecca Brown explains how we know when Shakespeare wrote The Taming of the Shrew.

Shakespeare's sources
There's no such thing as an original idea - even for Shakespeare. Rebecca Brown presents the historical sources and contemporary stories which influenced and inspired Shakespeare when he wrote The Taming of the Shrew.

Stage history
From its first performances around 1600 up to modern film and musical productions, Rebecca Brown examines The Taming of the Shrew in performance.

Production 2012
See interviews with the actors playing Katharina and Petruchio, the trailer, and photos from rehearsals, the production and the opening night.

Production 2008
View video extracts and photos from Connall Morrison's production of The Taming of the Shrew which featured Michelle Gomez as Katharina and Stephen Boxer as Petruchio.

Production 1978
View photos from this production directed by Michael Bogdanov and featuring Jonathan Pryce and Paola Dionisotti as Petruchio and Kate.

Productions 1960 - 2008
Performance history expert Rebecca Brown describes a selection of our productions.

Resources for teachers
Extra resources for teaching on The Taming of the Shrew: activities, synopses, themes and links to more from RSC Education.

Photo shows a publicity image for the RSC's 1999 production of The Taming of the Shrew, showing Petruchio (Stuart McQuarrie) holding Katharine (Monica Dolan) in the palm of his hand.  Photo by Robert Workman © RSC

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