The Taming of the Shrew Review RSC 2004
Opened 21 Jan 2004
Written William Shakespeare
Produced RSC / Bill Kenwright / Thelma Holt
Director Gregory Doran
Cast Jasper Britton (Petruchio) , Alexandra Gilbreath (Kate)
Synopsis Shakespeare's controversial comedy plays out the war of the sexes with Petruchio's laddish wooing meets its match in Kate's spirited opposition; resulting in an hilarious battle of wills.
What the critics had to say.....
NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Crude, distasteful and mirthless" PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Shining revival ." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "The most psychologically subtle Shrew I have seen: it is also extremely funny." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Full of brilliantly inventive humorous touches." John Peter for THE SUNDAY TIMES says, "It’s one of those rare things — a classical hit. " ALASTAIR MACAULAY for THE FINANCIAL TIMES says, "More enlivening detail than in any other Shrew I've seen." JANE EDWARDES for TIME OUT says "It's hard to be amused." MICHAEL COVENEY for THE DAILY MAIL says "One of the best productions of The Taming of the Shrew."
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