Woman and man on stage, woman's leg is elevated to reach man's shoulder

Education resources

The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare

Discover teaching ideas and lesson planning inspiration through our range of resources, activities and other supporting materials on Shakespeare's the Taming of the Shrew.

The Taming of the Shrew tells the story of Katherina, the elder of Baptista's two daughters, and Petruchio who takes on the challenge of 'taming' her.

For young people of all ages, there is so much to discuss in this play about the role of women and how Katarina challenges that as well as lots of themes you can use as routes into the text including:

  • Class and social status
  • Marriage
  • Money and wealth

You can discover more about these themes and where they appear in the text as well as others in our Themes Resource

There are so many different ways into the text but you may find the following particularly useful in introducing the the play: