Immersion Theatre is to embark on a national tour with one of Shakespeare’s most controversial comedies – The Taming Of The Shrew – set among the cool cats of swinging ’60s London.
The world’s best known tale of the battle between the sexes nestles among power, music and beauty in a setting where seduction and exclusivity are the words of the day.
In the shadows, a side-step from the excitement and glamour, three criminal dynasties are drawn together as suitors vie to woo and wed the wealthy daughters of gangland powerhouse Baptista Minola.
The catch? The eldest is as vicious as the youngest is beautiful.
Cue a riotous struggle for love and equality in an era of Mods, mini-skirts and the Krays, in this larger-than-life, darkly humorous revival of their critically-acclaimed 2011 production.
Shrew follows the company’s acclaimed production of A Midsmummer Night’s Dream, which toured this summer.
The tour launches at Immersion’s home, the Brockley Jack Theatre, in South London, where it will play for three weeks, from September 30 to October 18, before touring this darkly comic piece.
Jules Carey, marketing manager for Immersion, told Stage Review that the production marks a milestone for the company.
He said: “This is a very important production for us as a company.
“Immersion is a self-funded theatre company and this is our second tour within our first year of touring.
“However, our founders James Tobias and Rachel Cartlidge are proud to have signed an Equity house agreement paying their actors and creatives, demonstrating their commitment to good practice at a time when the low/no pay debate is such a prominent issue.
“This is no mean feat for a self-funded theatre company. We are simply incredibly proud to have advanced from unpaid, to profit share, to expenses, to paid work in just under four years.
“We are now hoping to rally support for a show run by two extremely passionate individuals committed to doing the right thing by those working with them and indeed, the industry”.
October 21, Empire Theatre, Consett
October 22, Capstone Theatre, Liverpool
October 25, Stanwix Arts Theatre, Carlisle
October 27, Loughborough Town Hall, Loughborough
October 29, Grove Theatre, Dunstable
November 4, Camberley Theatre, Surrey
November 8, Underground Theatre, Eastbourne
November 11, Kenton Theatre, Henley
November 12, Harrow Arts Centre, Greater London.