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With kids. This oestrogen-powered world looks cosmetic, makes little practical sense; most of the female characterisation has a primly restrained, under-liberated air; and at no point was I persuaded the sub-plot female suitors would be gagging to bed the preening Bianco instead of his sultry brother.
But in trying to reframe what it means to make one sex second-class citizens, the production itself falls short of first-class status. Until April 4.
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We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. After all, she is talking to them. The rest of the cast are all o. The only significant character not to be gender switched is Grumio splendidly played by Richard Clews. Bill thought it might be because he was played as gay. There is song and dance. Indeed the play opens with a Spanish style dance.
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You could see why Leo Wan was in it. He can sing. There were several interesting and stimulating choices. In the sun and moon scene both Katherine and Petruchio drink water before she metaphorically baptises him. I liked the way Katherine was defiantly eating a chicken leg in his opening scene and eating another at the festivities at the end. I liked the way Petruchia kissed Katherine at the end rather than treading on her hand.