The Taming of the Shrew

Described on Saturday August 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Bard on the Beach, BMO MainStage, 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vanier Park, Vancouver | 604-739-0559 | Map

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Described by Rick Waines 

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Lois Anderson

The 2007 ‘spaghetti western’ version of The Taming of the Shrew – one of Bard’s most beloved productions – is the inspiration behind this hilarious Wild-West love story, where two fierce kindred spirits finally meet their match in each other. Petruchio, the sharpest-shooting cowboy in the West meets Kate, the prickliest gal in Padua, and their throw-down contest of wills and wits will leave you laughing out loud as they bicker and battle their way towards a splendid, healing love.

Starring Jennifer Lines as Kate and Andrew McNee as Petruchio.


SENORA BAPTISTA MINOLA is the matriarch of the Minola family, one of the wealthiest in the town of Padua.
KATHERIN or KATE is her eldest unwed daughter and the prickliest gal in town.
BIANCA is Kate’s younger sister. She is also unwed with many admirers and suitors.

GREMIO is a suitor of Bianca. He’s a wealthy man, old enough to be her father, and a neighbour to the Minola family.
HORTENSIO is a rival suitor of Bianca’s and closer to her age. He’s the town merchant.

LUCENTIO is a dashing young man who’s just arrived in town from Pisa.
TRANIO is Lucentio’s man servant.
VINCENTIO is Lucentio’s father, a distinguished man who owns most of Pisa.

PETRUCHIO is a swaggering, gun-slinging cowboy who’s come to Padua to find a wealthy wife.
GRUMIO is Petruchio’s crusty, trusty sidekick.

Characters in disguise:
Hortensio disguises himself as the music tutor
Lucentio disguises himself as a classics tutor named Cambio
Tranio disguises himself as his master, Lucentio

Other characters include, Townspeople, Servants, Summer Fete Guests, Musicians, the Mayor, the Sheriff, the Tailor and his wife and Petruchio’s gang.


“With the fest’s 30th season, Lois Anderson and Jennifer Lines talk about adapting Shakespeare’s controversial play for this century”  –The Georgia Straight (preview)

“How do you deal with Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew in the era of #MeToo and fourth-wave feminism? If you’re director Lois Anderson, you shrewdly turn things on their head.”Vancouver Presents

“it’s hard to beat the spectacle of a fine summer night under the big tent at Vanier Park with this company of talented artists”Vancouver Sun


Taming of the Shrew – Storyline (Word doc)
Taming of the Shrew – Director’s Notes (Word doc)