Taming of the Shrew, The (TV Movie) (1988)

Taming of the Shrew, The
Richard Monette’s rollicking Stratford treatment is set in a colourful Italy of the 1950’s. Colm Feore depicts Petruchio as a swaggering leather-jacketed street bandit who roars up to marry Kate (Goldie Semple) on a sporty Lambretta. As raucous and rousing as an Italian wine festival, Shakespeare’s favourite battle of the sexes has turned into a party where wits and willpower do contest, but the final victor is the belly-laugh.

Colm Feore....Petruchio/Sly
Goldie Semple....Katharina/Hostess
Kim Horsman....Bianca
Ron Hastings....Baptista/Host
Maurice Good....Vincentio
Henry Czerny....Lucentio
Brian Tree....Gremio
Geraint Wyn Davies....Hortensio
Scott Wentworth....Tranio
William Needles....Pedant
Eric Coates....Biondello
Keith Dinicol....Grumio
Kate Hennig....Widow
John Wojda....Curtis
Jeffrey Prentice....Tailor
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