List of Characters
Petruchio—the clever but rough man who tames the “shrew” to be his wife.
Katharina—the shrew; a sharp-tongued woman who will not take a husband; She finally capitulates to the overpowering Petruchio and becomes the model wife.
Bianca—Katharina’s beautiful younger sister who cannot marry until a man weds Katharina.
Lucentio—a young man who wants to marry Bianca; disguises himself as Cambio, a teacher, to woo Bianca covertly.
Baptista—the wealthy father of Katharina and Bianca.
Gremio—an old man and suitor to Bianca.
Hortensio—disguises himself as Litio, a musician, in order to woo Bianca covertly; breaks off his suit when she favors Cambio, and marries a wealthy widow instead.
Vincentio—Lucentio’s father; a wealthy merchant who resides in Pisa.
Tranio—Lucentio’s servant who disguises himself as his master and comes to Baptista to court Bianca on Lucentio’s behalf.
Biondello—servant to Lucentio who slanders his father, Vincentio.
Grumio—patient servant to Petruchio.
Pedant—is disguised as Lucentio’s father, Vincentio.
Widow—marries Hortensio and surprises everyone at the play’s end by being more shrewish than Katharina.
Christopher Sly—a common tinker, fooled into believing that he is a nobleman.
Lord—a nobleman who plays an elaborate joke on the unsuspecting Christopher Sly.
Page—Bartholomew, probably a teenage boy; His master dresses him up as a woman to play the wife of Christopher Sly.