What Katy didn't
They are naturally attracted to each other which brings plenty of opportunities for rumbustious exchanges and physical romps. Mark Lockyer's Tranio makes a hilarious stage-managing teddyboy (costume styles are irritatingly muddled) when he exchanges roles with his love-struck master Lucentio (Dermot Kerrigan).
The production's weakness is in its lack of a clear psychological line in Katharine's character. Sometimes Ms Lawrence seems to be viewing events with an ironic eye, sometimes to be positively enjoying the taming process as a game. There are the expected hints that she has been starved of love by a father besotted with his overtly sweet (here manipulative and spoilt) younger daughter Bianca (played with gusto by Tilly Blackwood), but the parts do not quite add up to a believable whole. Siberry is swashbuckling and not unsympathetic, but the humiliation of his bride still leaves a nasty taste whatever gloss the production puts on it. Here Edwards has Siberry as Sly, the drunk whose dream provides the main plot, wake to acknowledge his childlike dependence on a wife who at first appears only to nag. The tampering with Shakespeare to please modern sensibilities does not convince.
Running time: 3 hours. Tickets: 0171 638 8891