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Read the reviews for The Taming of the Shrew

  • Running time:

    2 hrs 30 mins + 20 mins interval

Next performance:

20 August, 7:15PM

Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon

★★★★

‘A landmark production as women take charge’

Evening Standard

‘Juicy…delightful…sumptuous’

Evening Standard

‘Claire Price’s Petruchia, with her wild, confident wig of ebullient curls and bouncing stride’

Evening Standard

‘It’s delightful to see the RSC in full flow with an array of sumptuous Elizabethan costumes’

Evening Standard

★★★★

‘Deftly provocative and exuberantly entertaining’

The Times

‘Pacy, engaging, and slyly revealing’

The Times

‘There’s a joy, here, in the swagger of the language and curlicues of the plotting that is sweetened by the role reversals’

The Times

‘Hannah Clark’s costumes are extravagantly gorgeous’

The Times

‘Joseph Arkley’s furious, cropped-haired Kate’

The Times

‘Claire Price’s roistering, reckless Petruchia’

The Times

‘Sophie Stanton as Gremia…is an especial delight’

The Times

‘Bianco… a pert James Cooney’

The Times

★★★★

‘Beautiful…revelatory…wonderful’

WhatsOnStage

‘Thrillingly delivered by a wonderful ensemble cast’

WhatsOnStage

‘Brilliantly smart Claire Price as Petruchia…well-judged, nuanced Joseph Arkley as her Katherine. The pair work superbly together’

WhatsOnStage

‘Delightfully ingenuous James Cooney [as Bianco]’

WhatsOnStage

‘Fabulous timing of Sophie Stanton as his older suitor Gremia…sublime antics with costume, props and facial expressions’

WhatsOnStage

★★★★

‘Funny, eye-opening and illuminating’

The Stage

‘Costume designer Hannah Clark has kitted the women out with sumptuous skirts, worn as status symbols, and helmet-like wigs’

The Stage

‘Claire Price’s renegade Veronese Petruchia…combines the dash and swagger of Lord Flashheart with the impish energy of Carol Kane’

The Stage

‘[Joseph] Arkley delivers the final speech of capitulation with a vulnerable but dignified air’

The Stage

‘Sophie Stanton’s Gremia can raise a laugh with a well-timed sigh’

The Stage

‘Laura Elsworthy as Trania brings wit and clarity’

The Stage

‘Highlights the imbalance and injustice’

The Stage

★★★★

‘Justin’s Audibert’s RSC production extracts every laugh from the subplot’

The Sunday Times

‘Bonkers but..brilliant’

The Sunday Times

‘Claire Price… rocks as Petruchia’

The Sunday Times

‘Claire Price…makes Petruchia a likeable swaggerer’

The Guardian

‘[Joseph] Arkley is at his best in the notorious final speech…delivers with an unaffected charm’

The Guardian

‘James Cooney’s vain, head-tossing Bianco’

The Guardian

‘Emily Johnstone’s…amorous Lucentia is a dippy, upper-class girl’

The Guardian

‘Laura Elsworthy as her inventive aide-de-camp [Trania]’

The Guardian

‘Amy Trigg as Biondella relishes the best line in the play’

The Guardian

‘Joseph Arkley’s bolshy Katherine…combines vulnerability with quiet valiance’

Daily Telegraph

‘Claire Price’s enjoyably flamboyant, messy-haired Petruchia’

Daily Telegraph

‘The leads spark off each other nicely’

Daily Telegraph

‘Theatrically striking shift in the balance of power’

Daily Telegraph