Propeller presents Twelfth Night and The Taming Of The Shrew

Rock’n’roll energy abounds in Propeller’s burlesque, fast-paced, powerfully physical productions of The Twelfth Night and The Taming of The Shrew, arriving at The Lowry on Tue 9 – Sat 13 April.

All-male Shakespeare company Propeller return to The Lowry with their hilariously fresh take on two of Shakespeare’s classic comedies, exploring what it means to fall in love with the wrong person. Replete with dirty faces and carnival-chic costume, Propeller’s anarchic ensemble storytelling will give fans of Knee-high and Punchdrunk a rip-roaring kick of Shakespeare as it was meant to be delivered.


Twelfth Night tells a twisted tale of mistaken identity, transformation and deception. With a man playing a girl disguised as a boy, illusion and reality are almost indistinguishable on Propeller’s island of Illyria, and love is darkly beautiful and bittersweet.


In The Taming Of The Shrew two disguised, competing suitors compete for the beautiful Bianca whilst gold-digging Petruchio agrees to wed her viciously ill-tempered sister Kate. The difference between marrying for love and marrying for money, however, becomes increasingly difficult to judge and this brash, brutal and blackly comic story pulls no punches.


Mixing a rigorous approach to the text with a modern physical aesthetic, Propeller are influenced by mask work, animation and classic and modern film and music from all ages. Propeller’s Shakespeare is enormously vibrant, energetic, musical and crystal-clear in its storytelling, inviting the audience to the party where they become complicit with the action. There is no fourth wall in Propeller – the audience is an equally important character in the room.