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RSC's gender-swapped The Taming of the Shrew

Justin Audibert's staging has Joseph Arkley as Katherine

Richard Clews and Joseph Arkley as Grumio and Katherine
© RSC/ Ikin Yum

Images of the RSC's upcoming production of The Taming of the Shrew have been released.

The show has a gender-swapped Katherine – played by Joseph Arkley – and Claire Price playing Petruchia.


Justin Audibert's staging of Shakespeare's play also features Charlotte Arrowsmith (Curtis), Hannah Azuonye (Pedant), Melody Brown (Vincentia), Richard Clews (Grumio), James Cooney (Bianco), Amelia Donkor (Hortensia), Laura Elsworthy (Trania), Amanda Harris (Baptista), Emily Johnstone (Lucentia), Alex Jones (Haberdasher), Alexander Mushore (Servant), Michael Patrick (Tailor), Sophie Stanton (Gremia) Aaron Thiara (Servant of Petruchia) Amy Trigg (Biondella) and Leo Wan (Widower).

The show is designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis with costume design by Hannah Clark and lighting by Matt Peel. Music is composed by Ruth Chan, sound by Claire Windsor, and movement by Lucy Cullingford. Fights are by Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown.

Taming of the Shrew is one of three productions the RSC plan to tour in rep to six venues.