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The Taming of the Shrew (1980)

The swaggering Petruchio agrees to marry the spitting hellcat, Katherine.

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A contemporary version of William Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew," in which a guy attempts to woo a woman, who is not in the least bit interested in him.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lucentio
Anthony Pedley ...
Tranio
John Franklyn-Robbins ...
Baptista
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Gremio
Sarah Badel ...
Katherine
Jonathan Cecil ...
Hortensio
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Bianca
Harry Waters ...
Biondello
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Petruchio
David Kincaid ...
Grumio
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Baptista's Servant
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Curtis
Harry Webster ...
Nathaniel
Gil Morris ...
Philip
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Gregory
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Baptista has two daughters: Kate and Bianca. Everyone wants to wed the fair Bianca, but nobody's much interested in problem child, Kate. Baptista declares that he won't give Bianca away in a marriage until he's found a husband for Kate, so all the suitors begin busily hunting out a madman who's willing to do it, and they find Petruchio: a man who's come to wive it wealthily in Padua. And Petruchio marries Kate with a plan to tame her, while everybody else begins scheming to win Bianca's hand. Written by Kathy Li

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23 October 1980 (UK)  »

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To imeroma tis striglas  »

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Jonathon Miller was determined that the adaptation not become a farce, and in that vein, two keys texts for him during production were Lawrence Stone's The Family, Sex and Marriage in England: 1500-1800 and Michael Walzer's The Revolution of the Saints, which he used to help ground his interpretation of the play in recognisably Renaissance-esque societal terms; Petruchio's actions are based on accepted economic, social and religious views of the time, as are Baptista's. See more »

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Wonderful performance
28 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

I saw this when first broadcast on PBS. I have no idea where you would find it now. It was a bit minimalist in its setting and staging, but that was part of the wonderful effect. I believe (and hope I am getting this right) that Jonathon Miller said the goal was to very much represent what an Elizabethan playgoer would have seen if they had been to an opening performance of Bill Shakespeare's plays. I seem to recall John Cleese saying that it came to him some time into rehearsals that this was the official BBC version for the next several decades and that he was shocked that he had stupidly missed that point until later and also shocked that he had that much responsibility. He ended up hiring a tutor to run lines with him so he could get every word with 100% accuracy.

I wish I could find it to see again.


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