Taming of the Shrew Character Descriptions
PETRUCCIO - Suitor and eventual husband of Kate. Brave,fearless and manly. Uber-confident and shockingly likable. He is willing to take on any challenge and is so wildly creative and hardworking that he almost always wins—and has the time of his life doing so. He takes the stage whenever he appears, and is physically bold.
LUCENTIO - Suitor and eventual husband of Bianca. A real Prince Charming, the classic romantic hero, which means that in a comedy, he’s also a bit naïve and painfully lovesick and idealistic.
TRANIO - Servant of Lucentio and pretends to be Lucentio. One smart cookie. In comedy, there’s often a guy of low status who is actually the smartest person in the room, this is Tranio His big brain can make him sassy and sarcastic at times.
BAPTISTA - Kate and Bianca’s father. The wise, bombastic but long-suffering patriarch of the play.
GREMIO - Suitor to Bianca. WAY too old for Bianca, but a man who fancies himself still young and virile, a bit of a buffoon.
HORTENSIO - Suitor to Bianca, pretends to be a music teacher. A bit of a nerd, a bit humorless and always the straight-laced one in the group, Hortensio (like Gremio) is a total mismatch for Bianca.
CURTIS/TAILOR - Petruccio’s servant. A great role for a really great character actor. Curtis is Petruccio’s house boy. He is put upon and long suffering in the play. This actor will double as the Tailor.
VINCENTIO - Lucentio’s father. A man who believes in order and who is totally taken by surprise at the madness he discovers in Padua! A bit of a stuffed-shirt.
PEDANT - The Pendant is a man from Mantua who Lucentio and Tranio persuade to impersonate Lucentio's father, Vincentio.
KATE - Bold and brassy. Brave and witty. A fighter, not a lover. A woman, not a girl. The quickest mind of anyone in the play. Kate is no fool, and has no patience for the foolish ways of anyone else. Most importantly, she knows her worth and isn’t afraid to fight for what she wants. She is physically fearless and used to being in charge. In the play, Kate learns how to have fun.
BIANCA - A youthful girl of a dual nature. On the surface, she is all sweetness and light and innocence—the perfect ingénue. Underneath, she is a one tough cookie—manipulative and tough, just like her sister Kate. Bianca is just good at knowing what role the world wants her to play. This duality makes her way more interesting and fun to play than your typical young lover!
BIONDELLO - servant of Lucentio. A totally ineffectual servant, and totally unaware that she’s not actually very good at his job at all. She’s an air-head, her comedy comes from her ineptitude.
GRUMIO - servant of Petruccio. Petruccio’s sidekick and right hand, she’s crafty and optimistic (and a great physical comedian) Nothing Petruccio does could be done without Grumio.
HABERDASHER/WIDOW/SERVANT The widow is shrewish and tight. She is proper and concerned with outward appearances. Opportunities for great comedy with the right touch. The actor who plays the Widow will also the Haberdasher and Servant.