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New York’s Public Theater has unveiled its lineup for this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park, and it includes an all-female version of The Taming of the Shrew.
Phyllida Lloyd will direct the new staging of the classic tale, starring Cush Jumbo (The Good Wife) as Katherina and Janet McTeer as Petruchio.
While she directed the global hit Mamma Mia! on both stage and screen, Lloyd works more frequently with classic stage texts. Her two previous all-female Shakespeare productions, Julius Caesar and Henry IV, both had successful U.S. engagements at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn.
The Public’s annual free summer programming will continue with Troilus and Cressida in July, staged by regular Park director Daniel Sullivan, with casting to be announced.
Public Works also will present a musical adaptation of Twelfth Night at the Delacorte in early September. Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub, it features music and lyrics by Taub and will be directed by Kwei-Armah. Additionally, the Mobile Unit will offer a staging of Romeo & Juliet, directed by Lear deBessonet.
For more information, visit PublicTheater.org.
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