|Directed by: Daniel Sullivan|
Written by: William Shakespeare
Production year: 1977
Original release: August 1977 – October 1977
Misc: Theater: Cleveland Playhouse in Cleveland, Ohio
The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1592.
The play depicts the courtship of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship, but Petruchio tempers her with various psychological torments—the “taming”—until she becomes a compliant and obedient bride. The subplot features a competition between the suitors of Katherina’s more desirable sister, Bianca.
The play’s apparent misogynistic elements have become the subject of considerable controversy, particularly among modern audiences and readers. It has been adapted numerous times for stage, screen, opera, and musical theatre; perhaps the most famous adaptations being Cole Porter’s musical Kiss Me, Kate and the 1967 film version of the original play, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The film 10 Things I Hate About You is also loosely based on the play.