Click on the images below to find out more about the setting of The Taming of the Shrew and what we know about where the play is set.

Every performance of The Taming of The Shrew will be set in a place that has all of the elements above. It might be any strict patriarchal society, such as a historical period or an imagined future world like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, as long as the facts above are included. Although Padua and Verona are real places in Italy, they could become different places in the world of the production.

Why do you think changing the world or setting of the play might be helpful for modern audiences? Where might you choose to set The Taming of the Shrew?

Teacher Notes

On this page students can explore some of the key things that we know about the setting of The Taming of the Shrew by clicking on the pictures.

You can use these pictures, or other images, as a starting point to discuss what they know about the setting of the play and to think about where they would set the play if they were creating their own production. A great way of doing this visually is for students to create a mood board or collage of images that could be used as design inspiration.