The Taming of the Shrew (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) London Reviews and Tickets
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About the Show
An experimental production of Shakespeare's well-known comedy featuring live music and song.
Baptista declares that his sweet daughter, Bianca can only marry on the condition that a suitor can be found for Bianca's bad-tempered sister, Katharina. In this new experimental production, the cast members rotate between different roles in different performances.
Here’s an experimental production that’s almost certainly more interesting for the actors than the audience. Even in the enjoyable moments here, I was distracted by the costumes...Some experiments should stay in the lab.'
Perhaps, this production asks, we’ve got it all wrong. Perhaps it’s not about abuse at all, but about the gap between illusion and reality. Interesting idea, but I'm afraid the result is quite deadly.'
It seems to always be on the verge of something interesting – suggestive but incohesive...despite the gorgeous-looking set and promises of a theatrical experiment, this Shrew is all bark and no bite.'
The Taming of the Shrew is one of the most notoriously difficult Shakespeare plays...Gaitanidi’s production, unfortunately, does exceptionally little to unravel its inherent problems or to make it a comprehensible, enjoyable piece of theatre.'