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The Taming of the Shrew (1980)

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

Director:

Jonathan Miller

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Chandler ... Lucentio
Anthony Pedley Anthony Pedley ... Tranio
John Franklyn-Robbins John Franklyn-Robbins ... Baptista
Frank Thornton ... Gremio
Sarah Badel Sarah Badel ... Katherine
Jonathan Cecil Jonathan Cecil ... Hortensio
Susan Penhaligon ... Bianca
Harry Waters Harry Waters ... Biondello
John Cleese ... Petruchio
David Kincaid David Kincaid ... Grumio
Bev Willis Bev Willis ... Baptista's Servant
Angus Lennie ... Curtis
Harry Webster Harry Webster ... Nathaniel
Gil Morris Gil Morris ... Philip
Leslie Sarony ... 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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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jonathan Miller rearched how troublesome children were treated at the Tavistock Clinic, where imitation was often used during therapy; "there are ways in which a skilful therapist will gently mock a child out of a tantrum by giving an amusing imitation of the tantrum immediately after its happened. The child then has a mirror held up to it and is capable of seeing what it looks like to others." See more »

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Version of The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare's Globe (2013) See more »

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Very well done
4 November 2001 | by ensiformSee all my reviews

A funny, fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable production. All the actors are clear and well-spoken. They all add funny little unspoken touches to their lines, Cleese especially, so that there's a lot of physical comedy going on while the fast dialogue is crackling. A lot of talent went into this show, and it pays off.


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