Review: Taming of the Shrew

If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise… And if those woods are at Jimmy’s Farm it’s surprise after surprise as Red Rose Theatre Chain have a brand new home there for this year’s Theatre in The Forest and their production of Shakespeare’s The Taming Of The Shrew.

shrewRed Rose’s annual Theatre in the Forest never disappoints and this again is true of this year’s offering, added to which the new venue at Jimmy’s Farm in Wherstead just outside Ipswich is just perfect.

When you arrive at the farm it’s difficult to see where the performance is going to happen, however following the signs you find yourself on a woodland path that leads to a clearing in the trees, making a wonderful setting for the evening’s entertainment.

Directed by Joanna Carrick, who always has the ability to add a little magic to Shakespeare’s plays, Taming Of The Shew is fast paced, colourful and full of those unexpected surprises that we have come to love.

A strong performance from a cast of just six very talented actors who take on a number of roles, which include some very fast costume changes, coupled with some very fine puppets designed by Jimmy Grimes, this production of Taming of the Shew makes for some very enjoyable watching.

The whole production is ‘laugh out loud’ funny, with some fantastic unexpected comical twists and turns.
Even if you are not familiar with Shakespeare’s plays the talented team at Red Rose makes the story easy to follow and fun to watch, making his works accessible to all. The innovative way that the local theatre company interpret the tale is just brilliant making this one production that you really don’t want to miss this Summer.
Get your tickets now and go and see Shakespeare like you’ve never seen it before!

The Taming of the Shew will be at Jimmy’s Farm, Wherstead until 25th August, to book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 603388 or visit

— WENDY COOK, Ipswich24 Magazine —