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Taming of the Shrew, The

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1987 production of The Taming of the Shrew. Directed by Jonathan Miller with Brian Cox as Petruchio and Fiona Shaw as Katherina.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
9 Sep 1987
Duration
160 mins

Credits

Director
Jonathan Miller
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Stephen Oliver
Production Design
Stefanos Lazaridis
Cast
Fiona ShawKatherina
Brian CoxPetruchio
George RaistrickBaptista Minola
Felicity DeanBianca
Bruce AlexanderTranio
Alan ThompsonVincentio
Alex JenningsLucentio
Barrie RutterGrumio
David O’HaraBiondello
Dennis ClintonPedant
Derek HutchinsonCurtis
Griffith JonesNathaniel
Guy FithenPeter
James FleetHortensio
Jimmy GallagherNicholas
Laban LeakeJoseph
Peter IbbotsonHaberdasher
Sally GeorgeBridesmaid
Sally GeorgeBaptista’s servant (Servant)
Shirley KingWidow
Trevor MartinGremio
William ChubbTailor
William ChubbPhilip

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Renaissance Italy
Plays
Taming of the Shrew, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Taming of the Shrew, The

Notes

General
Jonathan Miller had previously directed the play for television as part of the BBC Television Shakespeare series in 1980 with John Cleese as Petruchio and Sarah Badel as Katherina.
History
Press night 8 September 1987. The production transferred to the Barbican.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
Holderness, Graham. ‘The Albatross and the Swan: Two Productions at Stratford’. New Theatre Quarterly 4 (1988), pp 152-58.
[Compares Jonathan Miller’s The Taming of the Shrew at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Deborah Warner’s Titus Andronicus at the Swan, arguing that the latter heightens the sense of a "contradictory relationship" between the Royal Shakespeare Company’s two "classical" houses in Stratford.]

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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