New event: Join Terri at the RSC to discuss The Taming of the Shrew in the age of #MeToo

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Two days after Shakespeare’s birthday (23 April), I’ll still be celebrating the bard myself as I make my Royal Shakespeare Company ‘debut’ chairing a panel discussion in Stratford-upon-Avon connected with their new production of The Taming of the Shrew.

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the #MeToo social media movement saw widespread reporting of sexual assault and harassment.

In contrast, Elizabethan women were expected to submit to a ‘suitable’ marriage regardless of their feelings or ambitions. In the RSC’s new production of The Taming of the Shrew, the genders are reversed, which allows a modern audience to question the balance of power between Petruchio and Kate.

This event, for which I’ll be joined by the play’s director Justin Audibert and other expert guests, runs as part of the RSC’s “Society and the Individual” series of discussion events in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Taming of the Shrew stars Claire Price as Petruchia and Joseph Arkley as Katherine, with Amanda Harris as Baptista, Sophie Stanton as Gremia, James Cooney as Bianca, Amelia Donkor as Hortensia and Richard Clews as Grumio.

Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism is turned on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.

In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy. Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story.

 

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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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