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Taming of the Shrew Characters

Lord

A Lord gone hunting has a strange sense of humor which leads him to decide to turn a drunken beggar he finds lying by the roadside into a lord for a night. 

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Christopher Sly

Christopher Sly is a drunken beggar and tinker who insists that his family is of honorable lineage. 

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Hostess

A Hostess (possibly Marian Hacket of Wincot) has had quite enough of Christopher Sly’s drunkenness and pennilessness.

Page (Bartholomew)

Page (Bartholomew) is the Lord’s page, commanded by him to dress as a lady and pretend to be Christopher Sly’s wife.

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First Player

First Player remembers the Lord from previous occasions, and promises that the players can keep their seriousness, no matter how oddly the lord hearing their play may act. He will play one of the roles in the main play.

Second Player

Second Player asks the Lord to let the company stay a night at his house and hear a play. He will play one of the roles in the main play.

First Huntsman

First Huntsman is in charge of the Lord’s dogs, and his opinions on their worth diverge from his master’s. He agrees that his master’s psychological experiment on Sly will work and promises to play along.

Second Huntsman

Second Huntsman checks to see whether Sly is alive, and recognizes that he is dead-drunk. 

First Servingman

First Servingman goes to check the source of the trumpeting outside and returns to report that a company of players has arrived to offer their services to the Lord. 

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Vincentio

Vincentio is Lucentio’s father, a respectable, well-respected, and very rich old man from Pisa. 

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Petruchio

Petruchio is a gentleman from Verona, the son of a well-known father, who comes to Padua in search of a rich wife. 

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Gremio

Gremio is an old man in Padua, and extremely rich. He is a suitor to Bianca’s hand, and cannot stand her sister. 

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Biondello

Biondello is one of Lucentio’s servants. He is shocked to see his master and Tranio exchange their clothing, but accepts to play along with their switch. 

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Curtis

Curtis is one of Petruchio’s servants, in charge of his house. He is a gossip eager for news.

Tailor

A Tailor insists to Petruchio that the gown he brings for Katherina is exactly as ordered, and perfectly in vogue. 

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Haberdasher

A Haberdasher brings a cap ordered for Katherina for her and Petruchio’s inspection, but is quickly told that it will not do at all. He is not aware that he is merely being used as a prop in Petruchio’s schemes against Katherina.

Messenger

A Messenger comes to announce to Sly that his company of players is coming to perform a play for him, at doctors’ orders.

Baptista’s Messenger

Baptista’s Messenger brings word to Bianca to stop studying and instead help decorate Katherina’s rooms in anticipation of the wedding.

Nathaniel

Nathaniel is a servant at Petruchio’s house. He is delighted to see Grumio again.

Philip

Philip is a servant at Petruchio’s house. He is delighted to see Grumio again.

Joseph

Joseph is a servant at Petruchio's house and he is delighted to see Grumio again. He helps serve at table, confirming the meat is mutton.

Nicholas

Nicholas is a servant at Petruchio’s house. He is delighted to see Grumio again.

Peter

Peter is a servant at Petruchio’s house, who serves at table.

Baptista’s Servant

Baptista’s Servant [mute role] leads the disguised teachers to their pupils.

Officer

An Officer [mute role] is called up to take the supposedly lunatic Vincentio to jail.

 
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