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Available versions

1929: Sam Taylor

1967: Franco Zeffirelli

1976: Kirk Browning

1980: Jonathan Miller

1982: Peter Dews

1983: Peter Dews/John Allison

1988: Richard Monette

2013: Toby Frow


Adaptations

1953: Kiss Me, Kate

1958: Kiss Me, Kate

1994: Aida Zyablikova (animated)

1999: 10 Things I Hate About You

2003: Kiss Me, Kate

2005: ShakespeaRe-Told: The Taming of the Shrew


Related

2015: Shakespeare Uncovered, Season 2, Episode 1


Kiss Me, Kate
2003: Chris Hunt

It’s hard to say whether this should be considered an adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew or something else: it’s the classic Cole Porter musical about a production of The Taming of the Shrew (more or less) in which the principal actors (Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi) resolve their own peculiar differences following the breakup of their marriage in a manner reflecting the inner dynamic of the play.

This musical is the source for a number of phenomenally successful songs in their day (“Wunderbar”, “It’s Too Darn Hot”, etc.), and was perhaps the high point of Porter’s musical career (though others might debate such an assessment). Of particular interest here, it’s the source of the very funny “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”, which makes glancing and irreverent reference to a majority, if not all, of Shakespeare’s plays.

This performance, based on the Broadway revival of 2003, is significantly more faithful to the original stage version of Kiss Me, Kate than was the 1953 Howard Keel vehicle. It also offers some noteworthy singing and dancing forces and solid dramatic treatment of the play as well.


Bill Calhoun; Lucentio: Michael Berresse

Cab Driver; Nathaniel: Andrew Spillett

First Man: Teddy Kempner

Fred Graham; Petruchio: Brent Barrett

Gregory: Christopher Stewart

Gremio: Nick Winston

Haberdasher: Richard Sidaway

Harrison Howell : Nicholas Colicos

Harry Trevor; Baptista: Colin Farrell

Hattie : Kaye Brown

Hortensio: Barry McNeill

Lilli Vanessi; Katherine: Rachel York

Lois Lane; Bianca : Nancy Kathryn Anderson

Paul: Nolan Frederick

Phillip: Phillip Sutton

Pops: Duncan Smith

Ralph the Stage Manager: Alan Vicary

Second Man: Jack Chissick