Twisted Shrew at Old Vic

PUBLISHED: 11:35 04 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:14 24 May 2010

PERHAPS Shakespeare's most contentious and misogynistic comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, has been given a contemporary twist by one of the UK's leading young female directors in a brand new production for the Bristol Old Vic. Padua is a superficial land w

PERHAPS Shakespeare's most contentious and misogynistic comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, has been given a contemporary twist by one of the UK's leading young female directors in a brand new production for the Bristol Old Vic.Padua is a superficial land where people are labelled by the clothes they wear and the places they are seen. The wilful and independent Kate refuses to conform but has a dark desire to be part of it too, until she meets Petruchio and her world is turned upside down.A Linbury Prize winner, Hannah Clark's sleek, dark design provides a visually stunning backdrop to this battle of the sexes at the Old Vic.The play is directed by award winning Anne Tipton, who won the James Menzies-Kitchin Award for young directors in 2004 and recently oversaw the sell-out production of Phaedra's Love at the Old Vic Studio and Barbican Pit theatre.Kate is played by multi-award winning actress Flora Montgomery, who can also be seen in Basic Instinct 2, currently being screened in cinemas.The play runs until May 27. For tickets, priced from £6, and more details call 0117 9877877.

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