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      /TAMING OF THE SHREW/ (1980)


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    • Dvd Region: 2+4 Pal (UK & Europe)
    • Certificate: U
    • Running Time: Approx. 128 minutes
    • Type: Fullscreen

    • Originally Transmitted: 23rd October 1980
    • Dvd Release Date: 2005
    • Released By: BBC Worldwide Ltd.
    • Distributed By: DD Home Entertainment
    • Format: Colour Dvd Pal

    • Language: English
    • Subtitles: English sdh
    • Audio: Mono
    • Format: 4:3

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      A COMEDIE

      In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare’s plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical and television directors and brought great performances from leading contemporary actors.

      ‘I am as peremptory as she proud-minded,
      And where two raging fires meet together
      The do consume the thing that makes them fury.’

      Baptista, a Paduan gentleman, has two daughters, Katherine and Bianca. Bianca is beautiful, sweet-tempered and obedient and several suitors seek her hand in marriage. Baptista, however, insists that Katherine, just as beautiful but sharp-tongued and rebellious., must be married first. The only man willing to court her is the equally feisty Petruchio, a stranger from Verona in search of a rich wife.

      Shakespeare’s comic confrontation between the sexes is rich with sparkling wit and great characterisation. This production was admired for Jonathan Miller’s fidelity to Elizabethan social mores and for an outstanding cast including John Cleese, who portrayal of Petruchio won unanimous critical acclaim . . .

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      "I am Christopher Sly. Call me not ‘honour’ nor
      ’lordship’. I ne’er drank sack in my life, and if you give me
      any conserves, give me conserves of beef. Ne’er ask
      me what raiment I’ll wear, for I have no more doublets
      than backs, no more stockings than legs, nor no more
      shoes than feet – nay, sometime more feet than shoes,
      or such shoes as my toes look through the over-leather…”

      JOHN CLEESE and SARAH BADEL

      PRODUCED and DIRECTED
      BY
      JONATHAN MILLER

      William Shakespeare
      Hys most
      Comical History of
      THE
      TAMING
      OF THE
      SHREW


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      DRAMATIS PERSONAE:

      In Order Of Appearance

    • Simon Chandler ... Lucentio
    • Anthony Pedley ... Tranio
    • John Franklyn-Robbins ... Baptista
    • Frank Thornton ... Gremio
    • Sarah Badel ... Katherine
    • Jonathan Cecil ... Hortensio
    • Susan Penhaligon ... Bianca
    • Harry Waters ... Biondello
    • John Cleese ... Petruchio
    • David Kincaid ... Grumio
    • Bev Willis ... Baptista's Servant
    • Angus Lennie ... Curtis
    • Harry Webster ... Nathaniel
    • Gil Morris ... Philip
    • Leslie Sarony ... Gregory
    • Derek Deadman ... Nicholas
    • Denis Gilmore ... Peter
    • John Bird ... Pedant
    • Alan Hay ... Tailor
    • David Kinsey ... Haberdasher
    • John Barron ... Vincentio
    • Joan Hickson ... Widow
    • Tony Martell ... Officer

      ~ et al . . . ~

      • Directed: Jonathan Miller
      • Adapted: William Shakespeare’s original play

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      ABOUT THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

      First published in the 1623 Folio, but a related play, shorter and simpler, with the title “The Taming of a Shrew” had appeared in print in 1594. It is considered to be the liveliest, funniest and most down to earth of the comedies . . . Miller’s vibrant and often hilarious adaptation blends the subtleties of Shakespeare’s classic tale . . .




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