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The Taming of the Shrew (1980)

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

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Cast

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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This episode premiered the BBC Shakespeare's new opening title sequence, and the new theme music by Stephen Oliver. See more »

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Version of Mr. I. Magination: The Taming of the Shrew (1950) See more »

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Interesting Shrew
9 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Miller's production of Taming of the Shrew had a shortcoming it shared with many of the other BBC Shakespeare series productions; It was produced as a theatrical piece and not as video/film. This was more than offset, however, by the brilliant performance of John Cleese as Petruchio. Cleese played Kate's suitor with an understated, british style that at once illuminated the bard's words and drew a direct line between Shakespeare and Monty Python. Listen to him trail off on his 'Think you a little din can daunt my ears' speech and you will understand that humor has not really changed in 400 years.


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