The Taming of the Shrew previewed at RSC Stratford Upon Avon last night. After a rather rough dress rehearsal I was amazed how many problems and rough edges simply healed up in time for the performance. I guess that is the result of working with an amazing cast, awesome musicians, a staggering creative team led by director Lucy Bailey and the support and machinery of the RSC which is a quite incredible company.
Despite concerns that it promotes sexism, brutality or mysoginy this play presents a rich view of how relationships and love form. Some have claimed that the TTOTS is not suitable to be performed in this day and age. I say it depends on how you read it. In director Lucy Bailey’s hands this is a tale about the imperfections of real relationships, and a portrayal of how that can lead to extraordinary and wonderful love.
You don’t have to take my word for it. There is this discussion in the Guardian:
or better still come and see the show and make up your own mind.