The Taming of the Shrew



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Baptista MinolaBaptista Minola is the father of Katherine and Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew.
Bianca (2)Bianca is the younger sister of Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew. She is loved by Gremio and Hortensio, and eventually marries Lucentio.
BiondelloBiondello is a servant to Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew.
Christopher SlyChristopher Sly is a drunken tinker in the induction to The Taming of the Shrew. He is gulled into believing he is a lord.
CurtisCurtis is a servant of Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew.
First HuntsmanSeveral Huntsmen, two of whom are speaking roles, accompany the Lord in the induction to The Taming of the Shrew.
First Servant (4)Several servingmen of the Lord, three of whom are speaking roles, attend the hung-over Christopher Sly, trying to fool him into believing he is a lord, in the induction to The Taming of the Shrew.
GremioGremio is an elderly suitor to Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew.
GrumioGrumio is a servant to Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew.
HaberdasherA Haberdasher is verbally abused by Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew.
HortensioHortensio is a friend to Petruchio and suitor to Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew. He disguises himself as a music teacher in order to pursue Bianca, but ultimately loses her and marries a rich widow.
HostessThe Hostess of an alehouse throws out the unruly Sly, amidst an argument about broken glasses in the induction to The Taming of the Shrew.
JosephJoseph is a servant of Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew.
KatherinaKatherine (sometimes "Kate" or "Katerina Minola") is the "shrew" from the title of The Taming of the Shrew, who is "tamed" by Petruchio.
Lord (8)A Lord initiates the practical joke on Christopher Sly in the induction to The Taming of the Shrew.
LucentioLucentio falls in love with Bianca, and disguises himself as a Latin master in order to woo her. They marry at the end of The Taming of the Shrew.
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NathanielNathaniel is a servant of Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew.
NicholasNicholas is a servant of Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew.
Page (6)A page pretends to be Christopher Sly's lady, in the induction to The Taming of the Shrew.
PedantThe Pedant disguises himself as Vincentio (Lucentio's father) in The Taming of the Shrew, to act as father to Tranio, who has disguised himself as Lucentio.
Peter (2)Peter is a servant of Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew.
PetruchioPetruchio is the central male character in The Taming of the Shrew, who "tames" the title character, Katherine.
PhilipPhilip is a servant of Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew.
PlayerA Player appears in the induction to The Taming of the Shrew.
PlayersA Player appears in the induction to The Taming of the Shrew. A number of characters are players, including, in a sense, the whole cast (except for those in the induction) of The Taming of the Shrew.
Second HuntsmanSeveral Huntsmen, two of whom are speaking roles, accompany the Lord in the induction to The Taming of the Shrew.
Second Servant (7)Several servingmen of the Lord, three of whom are speaking roles, attend the hung-over Christopher Sly, trying to fool him into believing he is a lord, in the induction to The Taming of the Shrew.
Servant (16)Several servingmen of the Lord, three of whom are speaking roles, attend the hung-over Christopher Sly, trying to fool him into believing he is a lord, in the induction to The Taming of the Shrew.
Servants (2)Several servingmen of the Lord, three of whom are speaking roles, attend the hung-over Christopher Sly, trying to fool him into believing he is a lord, in the induction to The Taming of the Shrew.
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Third Servant (1)Several servingmen of the Lord, three of whom are speaking roles, attend the hung-over Christopher Sly, trying to fool him into believing he is a lord, in the induction to The Taming of the Shrew.
TranioTranio is a servant to Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew. He disguises himself as Lucentio, to enable Lucentio carry through his disguise.
Vincentio (2)Vincentio is the father of Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew.
Widow (2)A Widow marries Hortensio, and behaves shrewishly in the final act of The Taming of the Shrew.


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