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Taming of the Shrew
UK Dvd (1980)


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Taming of the Shrew ~ BBC Shakespeare Television Play (1980)


Taming of the Shrew, BBC Shakespeare Television Play (1984) UK Dvd


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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Taming of the Shrew BBC Shakespeare Television Play (1984) Dvd


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
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Comical History of
THE
TAMING
OF THE
SHREW

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Taming of the Shrew BBC Shakespeare Television Play (1984) Dvd

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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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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