The Taming of the Shrew (2012): Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
PrThe Taming of the Shrew (2012)
PRINCIPAL CAST: Elizabeth Cadwallader (Bianca); David Caves (Petruchio); Lisa Dillon (Kate); Terence Wilton (Baptista).
This production ran from 19 January - 18 February 2012 in Stratford-upon-Avon, it subsequently toured nationally.
"There can be no doubt that congress is item number one on the agenda right from the wearisome induction, not least because Ruth Sutcliffe's design transforms the stage into one giant, raked marriage bed. Unfortunately, this concept quickly hunkers down into an awkward tussle with Bailey's other idea, that of setting the play in Forties Italy. It's a notion rich with possibilities; articulate, defiant Kate makes fine sense in a repressive Catholic shame culture. Yet the thought process isn't followed through and thus we encounter Lisa Dillon's half-undressed and wildly writhing Kate, complete with cigarette, hipflask and tattoo. It's arrivederci subtletly." ~ Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard, 26 January 2012, in Theatre Record 2012, Issue 1-2