All-female cast adds new twist to ‘The Taming of The Shrew’

By Zaki JufriEvents - 16 August 2013 3:11 PM | Updated 21 August 2013

All-female cast adds new twist to ‘The Taming of The Shrew’

It might be safe to say that most people have watched a Shakespeare play at some point in their lives.

But how many of them can say that they have watched one in a setting that harks back to one in the Bard’s day?

Now you can.

Taming of The Shrew
Cast members Kate Lamb and Leah Whitaker

Almost five years in the making, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s production of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ will take place on an intimate Elizabethan-style stage, to recreate the Shakespearean experience in the Elizabethan era.

Running from 2 to 13 October at Fort Canning Park, ‘The Taming of The Shrew’ by the renown London theatre company tells the story of two wealthy sisters whose family is intent on finding them husbands. The younger Bianca has no shortage of suitors while the older sister, Katharina is the bad-tempered, anti-social “shrew” – that is until the swaggering adventurer Petruchio comes into the picture.

But will Petruchio be up to the task of taming the ungovernable Katharina? Flirtation, trickery and a good dash of Shakespearean wit is played out before the “shrew” is seemingly transformed into a dutiful wife.

Directed by Joe Murphy, the play will also present another first – it features an all-female cast. British actresses Kate Lamb and Leah Whitaker star as Katharina and Petruchio respectively.

This is not the first time that Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is doing a genre-bender for its production. In 2012, it produced the comedy ‘Twelfth Night’ with an all-male cast.

‘The Taming of The Shrew’ has always been a subject of controversy, criticised for being misogynistic. Its supporters say Shakespeare was questioning the place of women in society as mere obedient wives. 

Director Joe Murphy said: “With the rising feminist movement in the last century, ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ is still a relevant play especially in its depiction of communication between men and women,”

“It will be interesting to see how all the female actors take and own the stage,’ he added.

‘The Taming of The Shrew’ | Date: 2-13 October 2013 | Time: 7.30pm | Venue: Fort Canning Park | Tickets: $$138, $98 (Mon, Wed, Thu); $$138, $108 (Fri-Sun) available from Sistic