The Taming of the “Shrew”

Author(s): William Shakespeare Company: HER Productions Running time: 2h approx Age recommendation: 14+ years

The plot focuses on a drunken patron (Sly) who falls victim to the gang of ‘Bellas’, who run and operate a cabaret club.

As Sly wakes from his wild night, he is told a story, supporting a wider prank that Sly is not a drunken patron but a Lord of great status and wealth.

The Bellas spin him a tale about a wealthy merchant of Padua and two daughters: Katherina and Bianca. Because of Katherina’s “shrewish” disposition, her father has declared that no one shall wed Bianca until such a time as Katherina has been married.

But why are they telling him this story? And what is Sly’s connection to the women?

With their signature all-female and non-binary cast, HER Productions sets its Taming of the “Shrew” in a cabaret club, fusing the worlds of burlesque, clowns and cabaret to explore this politically charged and much-loved play.


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