Taming of the Shrew
Despite complaints that it is the most chauvinistic play ever written, The Taming of the Shrew continues after 400 years to be one of Shakespeare’s biggest crowd-pleasers.
Richard Monette’s rollicking Stratford treatment is set in a colourful Italy of the 1950’s. Colm Feore depicts a Petruchio as a swaggering leather-jacketed street bandit who roars up to marry Kate (Goldie Semple) on a sporty Lambretta. As raucous and rousing as an Italian wine festival, Shakespeare’s favourite battle of the sexes has turned into a party where wits and will power do contest, but the final victor is the belly-laugh.
Produced and directed for CBC-TV by Norman Campbell.
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