Drama Wed 17 July 2024 - Thu 18 Jul 2024

The Taming of the "Shrew"


"Riotously over-the-top"

The Stage

"A fiercely exciting production"

West End Best Friend

"Does it work? Oh, my Lord, yes it does."

Canal Street Online

"Brings heart, laughs and realism"


Unseemly Women return in 2024 with their 6th annual Shakespeare, with an all female and non-binary cast.

Step into a world of burlesque, clowns and cabaret; exploring one of Shakespeare’s most talked-about comedies.

A drunken patron (Sly) falls victim to our gang of Unseemly Women. As Sly wakes from his wild night of Cabaret, he is told a story, supporting a wider prank that Sly is not a drunken patron, but a Lord of great status and wealth.

Our Unseemly Women spin him a tale about Baptista, a wealthy merchant of Padua, and two daughters: Katerina and Bianca. Because of Katerina’s “shrewish” disposition, her father has declared that no one shall wed Bianca until such a time as Katerina has been married.


Wed 17 July 2024 - Thu 18 Jul 2024


Main House




160 minutes

Intermission Duration

20 minutes

Age guidance


Content warning

Themes of domestic abuse


HER Productions, alongside Girl Gang Manchester & Unseemly Women, launched an explosive ALL FEMALE SHAKESPEARE in 2018, premiering with Romeo & Juliet at Hope Mill Theatre. Since then, HER have staged annual productions, which rebranded in 2021 to ‘Unseemly Shakespeare’ to welcome non-binary creatives. Our Shakespeares offer a quality alternative Shakespeare for those who have felt unrepresented in classics. We are proudly regional and aim to champion local voices, as well as local actors.

Cast and Creative team


Megan Holland - MARY (The Madam) / WIDOW

Shady Murphy - PAGE (The Fixer) / KATHERINA

Emily Spowage - SAM (The Entertainment) PETRUCHIO

Jakki Moore - CERI (The Philosopher)  / BAPTISTA

Leah Eddlestone - GEORGIA (The Mastermind) / TRANIO

Sarah Legg - LUNA (The Feeder) / GREMIO

Mia Gibson - SALLY (The Mover) / LUCENTIO

Hope Yolanda - MOLLIE (The Mender / Seamstress) BIANCA

Nicole Keri - BEC (The Cleaner / Cleanfreak) / HORTENSIO

Naomi Albans - BEAN (The Brains) / GRUMIO


Ciara Tansy - Christopher SLY

Creative team

Directors: Amy Gavin & Hannah Ellis Ryan

Producers: HER Productions, Unseemly Women & Girl Gang Manchester

Lighting Designer: Tom Sutcliffe

Sound Designer: Hannah Bracegirdle

Musical Director: Eliza Waters

Costume Design: Zoey Barnes

Choreographer: Yandass Ndlovu

Stage Manager: Sabine Sulmeistere

Post-show talk

Stick around after the performance on Wed 17 July for a post-show talk.

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