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

The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s comedy about a prank on the local drunk, intertwined relationships and the dramatic transformation of an ill-tempered woman.

Past productions

Our productions of The Taming of the Shrew over the years have included many famous actors playing the feisty couple Petruchio and Kate: Peter O’Toole and Peggy Ashcroft in 1960; Derek Godfrey and Vanessa Redgrave in 1961; Michael Williams and Janet Suzman in 1967; Alan Bates and Susan Fleetwood in 1973; Jonathan Hyde and Paola Dionisotti in 1978; Alun Armstrong and Sinéad Cusack in 1982; Brian Cox and Fiona Shaw in 1987; Anton Lesser and Amanda Harris in 1992; Jasper Britton and Alexandra Gilbreath in 2003 and Stephen Boxer and Michelle Gomez in 2008.

Here you can find out more about some of our key past productions, giving you an insight into how they were staged and the directorial choices that were made.