Oh, how I love chairing post-show panel debates for Lazarus Theatre. After events to pioneering productions of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Beggars’ Opera, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Tamburlaine, I’m delighted to chair an event to Lazarus’ next production, a new take on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
I see a woman may be made a fool
If she had not a spirit to resist.
Lazarus Theatre’s Season of Legacy continues with Shakespeare’s feisty The Taming of the Shrew.
Kate talks too much; at least, that’s what the men of Padua think. So they persuade Petruchio to marry her and bring his wilful wife to heel. Part farce, and part tragedy, The Taming of the Shrew dramatises society’s attempt to control and one woman’s bid to resist.
Shakespeare’s witty play hits the stage in an all-new gutsy and energetic ensemble production. Using text, movement and a contemporary score, this is a Shrew not to be missed.
Lazarus is an award-winning theatre company, re-imagining and revitalising classic text for a contemporary audience.
Is The Taming of the Shrew unavoidably misogynistic? How can the play still be relevant today? What does it tell us about how we can address women’s issues onstage? And what do modern feminists think about this classic from the canon?
After the performance of The Taming of the Shrew on Thursday 27 July 2017 at London’s Brockley Jack Studio Theatre (@BrocJackTheatre), I’ll chair a panel comprising director and dramaturg Sara Reimers, Lazarus artistic director Ricky Dukes and other expert guests. The Q&A is free to all ticket-holders.