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Taming of the Shrew, The

Synopsis
San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre commedia dell’arte production with Fredi Olster as Katherina and Marc Singer as Petruchio. Recorded before a live audience.
Series
Theatre in America
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2004
Transmission details
10 Nov 1976 at 21:00 (Channel: PBS)
Duration
82 mins

Credits

Producer
Ken Campbell (2)
Music
Lee Holby
Cast
Rick HamiltonTranio
Al WhiteNathaniel
Barbara DiricksonSugarsop
Bobby F. EllerbeeHaberdasher
Charles HymanCamellio
Daniel KernBiondello
Deborah MayWidow
Earl BoenPedant
James R. WinklerHortensio
Laird WilliamsonVincentio
Michael Keys-HallEmilio
Raye BirkGremio
Ronald BoussomGrumio

Additional Details

Theatre
Geary Theatre, San Francisco
Theatre company
American Conservatory Theatre
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Renaissance Italy
Plays
Taming of the Shrew, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Commedia dell’Arte; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
`The production does nevertheless show traces of Hollywood influence. ‘Mickey Mouse’ sound effects - horns, triangles, clackers, cymbals, gongs, slide whistles (and what else?) - punctuating pratfalls and words. And by envisioning the strolling players performing for Christopher Sly as a commedia dell’arte troupe, the director unites that lost stage tradition with slapstick of the silent era’. Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle H. Melzer, Shakespeare on Screen: an International Filmography and Videography (London: Mansell, 1990), entry 602.
History
The first transmission included an interview by Harold Cluman with the director, William Ball.
Reviews
Reviewed by Edward T. Jones in Shakespeare on Film Newsletter, vol 2, no. 1, December 1977, p 4, 5

Production Company

Name

Broadway Theatre Archive

Web
http://www.BroadwayArchive.co.uk/ External site opens in new window

Sponsor

Name

WNET/13 Laboratory

Archive

Name

Paley Center for Media

Web
http://www.paleycenter.org/ External site opens in new window
Phone
(212) 621-6600
Address
25 West 52 Street
New York
New York
110019
USA
Notes
Formerly Museum of Television and Radio (MTR). The name changed in 2007.

Distributor

Name

Quanta Films

Contact
Nicholas Jones (Creative Director  )
Email
mail@quantafilms.com
Web
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Phone
01666 826366
Fax
01666 824871
Address
Old Forge House
Rodbourne Road
Corston
Wiltshire
SN16 0HA

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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