RSC panel debate: Gender-swapping The Taming of the Shrew in the age of #MeToo @ The Other Place Studio
Apr 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

Two days after Shakespeare’s birthday (23 April), I’ll still be celebrating the bard myself as I make my Royal Shakespeare Company ‘debut’ chairing a panel discussion in Stratford-upon-Avon connected with their new production of The Taming of the Shrew.

The Taming of the Shrew runs at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon til 31 August 2019 & then tours

The Taming of the Shrew runs at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon til 31 August 2019 & then tours

Kate & Petruchio in the age of #MeToo

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the #MeToo social media movement saw widespread reporting of sexual assault and harassment.

In contrast, Elizabethan women were expected to submit to a ‘suitable’ marriage regardless of their feelings or ambitions. In the RSC’s new production of The Taming of the Shrew, the genders are reversed, which allows a modern audience to question the balance of power between Petruchio and Kate.

This event, for which I’ll be joined by the play’s director Justin Audibert and other expert guests, runs as part of the RSC’s “Society and the Individual” series of discussion events in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Taming of the Shrew stars Claire Price as Petruchia and Joseph Arkley as Katherine, with Amanda Harris as Baptista, Sophie Stanton as Gremia, James Cooney as Bianca, Amelia Donkor as Hortensia and Richard Clews as Grumio.

Show photos

Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism is turned on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.

In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy. Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story.

Production photography by Ikin Yum.

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OSCAR WILDE’s PREVIOUSLY BANNED Salome: Lazarus Theatre post-show panel debate @ Greenwich Theatre
May 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Salome runs at London's Greenwich Theatre from 14 to 25 May 2019

Salome runs at London’s Greenwich Theatre from 14 to 25 May 2019

After events for Edward II, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Taming of the Shrew, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Beggar’s Opera and Tamburlaine, I’m delighted to reunite with Lazarus Theatre to chair a series of post-show debates with the company and its guests at Greenwich Theatre: Shakespeare’s The Tempest, William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Oscar Wilde’s Salome.

“Salomé, Salomé, dance for me.
I pray thee dance for me…”

Sexual, fiery, dangerous and decadent…

King Herod asks Salomé to dance for him… this request leads to The Dance of the Seven Veils and one of the most shocking, thrilling and scandalous climaxes ever seen on stage.

Originally banned in Britain, Oscar Wilde’s outrageously provocative 1891 Salomé comes to the stage in this exotic and exquisite new, 90-minute production, adapted and directed by Lazarus Theatre artistic director Ricky Dukes. It’s the final production in Lazarus second year-long residency at The Greenwich Theatre.

For the Q&A after the 7.30pm performance of Salome on Tuesday 21 May 2019, I’ll be joined by Ricky Dukes and a panel of expert guests.

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