Intermission Youth Theatre Presents


Devised by the company, based on the world of Shakespeare

Intermission are giving you a 15th year Anniversary gift in the shape of this multi-buy offer: use code 10OFF2SHOWS – £10 off when you buy both Excluded! and TAMING WHO? together. Just add the discount code at the check-out.

Petruchio is studying at university and loving London life. An unexpected call from Mum, beckoning him back home to Nigeria, requires him to think on his feet and fast. What could he say to make her change her mind? “Mum I’m married!”. Overjoyed by this news, Mum agrees
to let him stay and announces her arrival in London – in 3 days – to meet her….. Mortified, Petruchio needs to find a wife and fast!

Inspired by the comedy Taming of the Shrew and to celebrate Intermission Youth Theatre’s 15th anniversary, Taming Who? is a fast-paced, Shakespearean remix. Giving fresh relevance, the play challenges gender stereotypes presented in Shakespeare’s original and explores identity
and coming of age through the lens of youth culture in London today.

Adapted by IY’s award-winning Artistic Director Darren Raymond and directed by Stevie Basaula (BBC’s EastEnders, RSC’s Macbeth and Merry Wives of Windsor).

Content warnings: strobe and flashing lights, scenes of intoxication, smoking, swearing, some violent scenes, as well as those of an adult nature.

“Intermission Youth Theatre is the most exciting young people’s theatre company I have ever witnessed.”
– Mark Rylance, actor and supporter of Intermission Youth Theatre-

Post Show TalkBack
If you’ve attended one of Intermission Youth Theatre’s shows in the past, you’ll understand that there’s still more to enjoy after the production! Post show TalkBacks are back and will allow for audiences to connect with the cast and creatives by asking them questions about the play and their experiences. Come along, join in or listen!

Pre-show meal offer: Get 15% off the entire menu (excluding alcohol) at Istanbul restaurant between 4-7pm when you show your tickets for this show!

★★★★★ “Fresh dialogue drawn from contemporary London speech that immediately makes the old language flicker and flame out into new creative life.”Plays To See

★★★★ “A Shakespearean adaptation for our times...quite simply a fun evening out at the theatre...a great showcase of what Intermission Youth Theatre do and who they are. ”Salterton Arts Review

★★★ “What cannot be overstated is the impact and importance of Intermission Youth Theatre and the talent and potential of all the young people involved. Bringing Shakespeare's wisdom and genius into the modern age creates inherently powerful art, not to mention the lives that are inspired and changed as a result of the programme. ”London Theatre Reviews

“Blends blank verse with grime and hip hop, Darren Raymond’s stunning script would make the Bard proud”The Stage

“It's dynamite...One of the best modern adaptations of Shakespeare I’ve seen.”A Youngish Perspective

“WHAT do you get if you cross an unstoppable youth theatre with an unperformable play? You get a morally complex, hugely entertaining triumph.”The Church Times

“A stunning re-imaging of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew! Darren Raymond (Artistic Director, Intermission Youth) is a visionary... TAMING WHO? electrifies the stage. ”CookNCurry

“I love the work these young people perform. They are inquisitive, full of energetic, authentic talent and creativity. They give voice to important issues facing them today. ”Naomie Harris, Intermission Youth Patron