The new production is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, whose staging of Cymbeline was at the Open Air Theatre last year. Sirine Saba and John Hodginkson star as Kate (the shrew) and Petruchio in a cast that also features Gerard Carey, Timothy Kightley, Dominic Marsh and Sheridan Smith.
First night critics were divided. While many enjoyed the light-hearted approach to the production, some thought female subjugation was no laughing matter.
- by Caroline Ansdell