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The Taming of the Shrew (1952)

TitleThe Taming of the Shrew
Release LocationsGB
Length1 hrs, 45 mins
Play ConnectionsThe Taming of the Shrew (teleplay)


The backstage feuding during rehearsals mostly centered around the director's attempts to locate decent rehearsal space, where the cast would not perish from the cold. With a budget of £1,889, studio executives spoke of the production as "expensive." And indeed with a cast of 20 men and 4 women, and the usual concern for sets and costumes, the production certainly represented a serious commitment by the studio (WAC TS/502, 25 Feb. 1952)

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

KatharineMargaret Johnston
BiancaSheila Shand-Gibbs
BaptistaErnest Jay
PetruchioStanley Baker
CastDennis Bowen
CastGaylord Cavallare
CastNoel Davis
CastAnthony Errick
CastPeter Fawcett
CastRichard Goolden
CastRoy Grant
CastCharles Heslop
CastDiarmuid Kelly
CastChristine Lindsay
CastBarry Lowe
CastCharles Mander
CastEric Messiter
CastHugh Munro
CastDavid Oxley
CastMichael Sherren
CastHarold Siddons
CastTeke Townley
CastJohn Watson
CastJennifer Wilson

Production Team and Crew Overview

ProducerDesmond Davis
ComposerJohn Huntley
Adaptor/TranslatorBarbara Nixon
Stage ManagerNancy Seabrooke
ProductionBarry Learoyd
Studio ManagerJohn Furness

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell