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Sh!t-faced Shakespeare®: The Taming of the Shrew - Leicester Square Theatre

The Taming of the Shrew © Rah Petherbridge Photography - January 2019

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING Sh!t-faced Showtime®: Oliver With a Twist! (March 27 to April 12), Magnificent Bastard Productions return to Leicester Square Theatre for the first of their Sh!t-faced Shakespeare® shows, The Taming of the Shrew, which runs from April 17 to June 1, 2019.

Will Petruchio jack it all in and stay a bachelor? Will Kate be tamed or tanked? Sh!t-faced Shakespeare® returns to Leicester Square Theatre with their drunken antics and drunken actors to tell the tale of a shrew who turns from tempestuous to tamed, probably.

With one genuinely inebriated actor every night, The Taming of the Shrew features cross dressing, food fights, a highly underwhelming horse, one too many bum cheeks and more twisted gender politics than you can shake a fawning fat-skinned fustilarian at.

The cast includes Stacey Norris, Saul Marron, Briony Rawle, Lucy Farrar, Rob Smythson, Will Seaward, Matthew Seager and Jack Forsyth-Noble.

Produced by Stacey Norris, The Taming of the Shrew is directed by Rev. Lewis Ironside, with set design by Mac Young and costume design by Lorna Jean Connell.

Still not sure how it works? Each performance takes a cast of professionally trained, Shakespearian actors and every night one carefully selected company member is tasked with drinking for a full four hours prior to show time. The remainder of the sober cast are tasked with wrangling our drunken hero through a 70 minute adapted script trying their level best to keep the show ‘on the rails’ while incorporating into the world of the play whatever drunken shenanigans are thrown at them.

With the original text reduced to the primest theatrical cuts and no time to spare, every night is a high-energy race to the finish through an ever changing series of drunken detours.

Image: The Taming of the Shrew © Rah Petherbridge Photography – January 2019.

Tickets: £20.75 – £16.25 (concessions). To book, call the box office on 020 7734 2222 or visit

Time: Tuesday to Saturday at 7pm.

Magnificent Bastard Productions’ third show at Leicester Square Theatre will be Hamlet (June 29 to September 14). The company will then be heading to McEwan Hall for Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with one more show to be announced for the Autumn.