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  • 1. Adaptations of William ShakespearesThe Taming of the Shrew by Jessica Santos Kate Roper Janice Flack and Kyla Espinosa


  • Background Information :
  • In his life, Shakespeare produced 37 plays and 154 sonnets. His plays were generally categorized into tragedies, histories, or comedies.
  • Shakespeare wrote on average 1.5 plays a year. He built a family, ran a business, wrote plays and poems and was even an actor. He acted in many of his plays as well as other playwrights.
  • The Oxford English Dictionary credits Shakespeare to the creation of more than 500 words, including fair play, catch cold, and assassination.
  • Shakespeare has been translated into, Albanian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Gaelic, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Welsch, etc.


  • In 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published theFirst Folio , a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of his plays, which are now recognized as Shakespeares.
  • The Taming of the Shrewis believed to have been one ofShakespeares earlier plays along withTwo Gentlemen of Verona , andA Comedy of Errors .

4. A Few Adaptations : Fletcher, John.The Womans Prize . 1611.Lacy, John.Sauny the Scott . 1698.Worsdale, James.A Cure for a Scold . 1735.Garrick, David.Catharine and Petruchio . 1756.Sidney, George.Kiss Me Kate . 1953.Marowitz, Charles.The Shrew . 1973.Graves, Warren.Chief Shaking Spear Rides Again or The Taming of the Sioux . 1975.

  • One adaptation ofThe Taming of the Shrewis La Megere Appriovoisee by Marco Micone, play was produced in March 14 to April 8 th , 1995. Written and performed in Quebec
  • The character Caterina is a feminist and vocalizes on gender equality in the play.

5. As an example of Shakespeare's enduring popularity, sixty one film adaptations and twenty one TV adaptations alone have been made of Hamlet, the earliest being in 1907 and the latest in 2000. The television seriesMoonlightingalso produced one episode ("Atomic Shakespeare") that recast the show's main characters in a comedic parody ofThe Taming of the Shrew . TheBBC One ShakespeaRe-Toldseries sets the story in modern-day Britain, with Katherine as an abrasive career politician who is told she must find a husband as a public relations exercise. This modern version still has Kate stating it is a woman's duty to love and obey her husband, but with the requirement that he do precisely the same for her. 6.

  • The 2000Brazilian soap opera O Cravo e a Rosawas also based on the play
  • Catarina Batista is a modern woman from the city of Sao Paulo.
  • She is a feminist and believes that women play a role in the work place and not in the home. She has been nicknamed The wild animal by her previous suitors
  • Julio Petruchio is a man who belives that the role of the woman is the Queen of the Home
  • Petruchio wants her hand in marriage for her dowry so he can save his farm from being auctioned away.
  • They eventually fall in love but still get into many arguments
  • It follows the same idea as The Taming of the Shrew- Bianca is the tame younger sister who wants to get married and has many suitors but Nicanor Baptista (the father) wont let her get married until Catarina does. In the adaptation, he cannot have a daughter that is unwed because it would ruin his reputation as he is trying to run for mayor, and his reputation is everything.

O Cravo e a Rosa 7. Taming of the Shrew 1967 Version

  • Film Information:
  • - Directed By: Franco Zeffirelli
  • - Screenplay By: Franco Zeffirelli
  • - Nominated for 2 Oscars in 1968:
    • Best Costume Design
    • Best Art/Set Direction
    • Music :
    • - Orchestra
    • - Typically found in movies made at this time
    • - Fluctuates with the drama of the play


  • Sets :
  • - Very all encompassing (give feel for time)
  • - Extravagant
  • - Easier with a movie than a play
  • - Provides good visuals for the play
  • Costumes :
  • - Time appropriate
  • - Dresses very extravagant
  • - Personal favorites: Kates dresses (wedding, tailored dress, etc)
  • Petruchios wedding clothes
  • capture what is described in the play
  • Script :
  • - Almost verbatim to the play
    • - Visual aid provides help
  • - Lots of gestures accompany words


  • Character Information : Kate: Elizabeth Taylor
  • A lot more wild then seen in 10 Things I Hate about You and Bard on the Beach
  • i.e.) When first meets Petruchio
  • Almost unnaturally extreme change by the end of the play
    • i.e..) Becomes polite and obedient
  • Petruchio: Richard Burton
  • Lots of on screen chemistry (and off-screen) with Kate
  • Enjoyment of Kates suffering
  • Rougher than 10 Things and Bard
    • - Harder to like


  • Bianca: Natasha Pyne
  • More irritating than in Bard or 10 Things
  • Much less interesting than Kate and Petruchio
  • Lucentio: Michael York
  • Much like he is in the play
    • -Starry-eyed
    • - Love struck
  • Chemistry?

11. Movie #2 : 10 Things I Hate About You

  • 1999 American romantic comedy directed by Gil Junger
  • a very loose adaptation of William ShakespearesThe Taming of the Shrew
  • the title contains a reference to a poem written by the films female lead to describe her bittersweet romance with the male lead
  • the titles contains similarities in both sound and rhyme (scheme)
  • Tagline :How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways


  • Plot :
  • Setting originates in a fictional high school, appropriately named Padua High (located in Seattle, Washington).
  • Cameron, a new kid to the school, develops an immediate crush on Bianca, a popular sophomore.However, Biancas overprotective father forbids Bianca to date until her sister Kat, an ill-tempered rebellious senior, begins to date.
  • Joey also wants to date Bianca, and bribes Patrick, a rebellious-mysterious senior (considered to be the male-equivalent to Kat), to take Kat out.
  • Cameron poses as a French tutor in order to get closer to Bianca, and is aware of Joey bribing Patrick.
  • Eventually, Kat begins to fall for the mysterious Patrick, and eventually discovers the deal between him and Joey.

13. Andrew KeeganJoey DonnerHortensio David KrumhotlzMichael EckmanTranio / Lucencio Larry MillerDr. StratfordBaptistaJoseph Gordon-LevittCameron James Lucentio / Cambio Larisa OleynikBianca Stratford Bianca Heath Ledger Patrick VeronaPetruchio Julia Stiles Katarina Kat StratfordKate Actor / Actress Revised Character Character 14. Character Chart Kate-> Katarina Kat Stratford Hortensio ->Joey Donner Petruchio ->Patrick Verona Bianca ->Bianca Stratford Lucencio / Cambio -> Cameron James 15. References to Shakespeare : In English class, Kat is assigned to write a poem based uponSonnet 141 .In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes, For they in thee a thousand errors note; But 'tis my heart that loves what they despise, Who, in despite of view, is pleas'd to dote. Nor are mine ears with thy tongue's tune delighted; Nor tender feeling, to base touches prone. Nor taste nor smell desire to be invited To any sensual feast with thee alone: But my five wits nor my five senses can Dissuade one foolish heart from serving thee, Who leaves unsway'd the likeness of a man, Thy proud heart's slave and vassal wretch to be: Only my plague thus far I count my gain, That she that makes me sin awards me pain 16.

  • In response to the assignment, Kat elaborates her feelings for Patrick and volunteers to recite her poem in front of the class. Appropriately titled, 10 Things I Hate About You.

I hate the way you talk to me, and the way you cut your hair. I hate the way you drive my car. I hate it when you stare. I hate your big dumb combat boots, and the way you read my mind. I hate you so much it makes me sick; it even makes me rhyme. I hate the way you're always right. I hate it when you lie. I hate it when you make me laugh, even worse when you make me cry. I hate it when you're not around, and the fact that you didn't call. But mostly I hate the way I don't hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all. continued 10 Things I Hate About You 17.

  • References to Shakespeare :
  • Cruel to be Kind, a (cover) song sung by Kats favorite band, Letters to Cleo, is a line from Hamlet .
  • Kats best friend, Mandella, has an obsession with Shakespeare, receives letters from Michael (Tranio) signed as William Shakespeare, and wears Shakespearean style clothing to the Prom.