The Taming of the Shrew - Summer Shakespeare Tour 2020

​Durham University’s Castle Theatre Company presents one of William Shakespeare’s most intriguing and brilliant comedies: The Taming of the Shrew. Telling the classic tale of true love emerging from mutual hatred, this hilarious production engages in disguise, deceit and devastatingly funny Shakespearean insults to tell a story of love in unlikely places. Katherina Minola is a bold, fierce young woman, opposed to marriage in all its forms. Her beautiful and mild-mannered sister, Bianca, has her pick of the local suitors in Padua, but their father insists that Bianca shall not wed until Katherina has a husband. Enter Petruchio, a young man with a temper to rival even the most shrewish of women – but when two fiery personalities clash, can true love find a way? Castle Theatre Company (CTC) is one of Durham University's oldest theatrical societies. For nearly four decades, it has taken its annual summer Shakespeare tour around England and the United States, visiting historic houses, castles and abbeys. With song, dance and plenty of laughter, Castle Theatre Company promises light-hearted family entertainment for all.


Castle Theatre Company's annual summer Shakespeare returns for 2020 with 'The Taming of the Shew! With brand new UK venues, this tour promises to be one of our most exciting yet!

'The Taming of the Shrew' will tour the UK and the USA this summer. This year we're coming to even more venues around the UK, as well as our old favourites.

For over 30 years Castle Theatre Company has produced classical Shakespeare performances in stunning historical venues across the south of England and the USA. Renowned for its high-standard, Castle Theatre Company promises an afternoon of light-hearted family entertainment.



UK and USA Tour tickets coming soon!

For now, check out last year's tour venues:

UK Tour

Jun 20, 2019

Fellows' Garden

Durham Castle

Our stomping ground! Castle Theatre Company is based at Durham Castle. We'll be taking to the beautiful, walled Fellows' Garden to present 'Love's Labour's Lost' for the first time.

Jun 22, 2019

Fellows/ Garden

Durham Castle

Jun 23, 2019

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Ushaw College

The gorgeous Ushaw College. Located close to Durham, this 19th-century former Catholic seminary is our first 'away match' this year.

Jul 07, 2019

The Old Mill House

Buckingham Literary Festival

Though the festival itself takes place in June, CTC perform in conjunction with the Buckingham Literary Festival. Join us for a gorgeous garden matinee.

Jul 09, 2019

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Mapperton House and Gardens

Owned by the Earl of Sandwich and his family, Mapperton House and Gardens provide a fabulous setting for our play this year.

Jul 10, 2019


Glastonbury Abbey

Most famous for its summer music festival, Glastonbury also hosts the imposing Glastonbury Abbey. Home to the tomb of King Arthur, this is the third stop on our southern tour.

Jul 11, 2019



Castle Theatre Company has been performing at Beaulieu for over a decade now. As well as the famous Motor Museum, Beaulieu is also the site of the ruins of a prolific abbey. We'll be performing amidst these beautiful ruins!

Jul 12, 2019



Jul 13, 2019

Coventry, Russells Garden Centre

Russells Garden Centre will be hosting the company for the first time this year! Tickets are available instore, or on the door.

Jul 16, 2019

Rottingdean, The Grange

Performing at The Grange in the village of Rottingdean, near Brighton, a real treat for the company. On the grounds of the village's museum and library, the gardens at The Grange offer refreshment as well as entertainment! Tickets are available at The Dean café (2-4 Marine Drive, BN2 7HQ | 07880 256980), or on the door.

Jul 17, 2019

Rottingdean, The Grange

Jul 18, 2019


Glemham Hall

Located in the Suffolk countryside, Glemham Hall is an Elizabethan stately home boasting some captivating gardens, which we are lucky enough to perform in!

Jul 19, 2019

Elstow Abbey

The final stop on our tour is Elstow Abbey, where we always get fantastic hospitality. What a way to end this year's tour!

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