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Taming of the Shrew, The

Synopsis
Television adaptation by Michael Hogan and William Nicholls. The design and performances reflect the commedia dell’arte tradition.The stage is virtually bare with clowns carrying on props as required, and the first meeting of Kate and Petruchio takes plays in a boxing ring.
Series
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Television
Transmission details
18 Mar 1956 at 16:00 (Channel: NBC)
Duration
90 mins; 3,225 (16mm) feet

Credits

Director
George Schaefer
Producer
Maurice Evans
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Lehman Engel
Costume
James Glenn; Rouben Ter-Arutunian
Art Direction
Rouben Ter-Arutunian
Cast
Lilli PalmerKatherina
Maurice EvansPetruchio
Philip BourneufBaptista Minola
Diane CilentoBianca
Douglass WatsonHortensio
Jack FletcherTailor
Jerome KiltyGrumio
John ColicosLucentio
Ronald LongBiondello
Will B. AbleCurtis

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
16th Century
Plays
Taming of the Shrew, The

Notes

Notes
The Library of Congress holds master preservation material only (no viewing copy) (10/2010).
General
Two years later Hallmark put on a version of Kiss Me Kate {NBC 20 November 1958) with Alfred Drake and Patricia Morison in the play-within-a-play roles performed by Evans and Palmer.
History
Originally broadcast in colour (though most viewers could only receive it in black and white). The UCLA copy is b&w.
Figures
Viewing figure 19 million.

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