The beautiful and gentle Bianca has no shortage of admirers (Lucentio, Gremio and Hortensio) but her father insists that she will not marry until her shrewish brother, Kato, is first married himself. Bianca’s suitors persuade fortune-seeker Petruchia to court her. The suitors pay for any costs involved and there is also the added goal of Kato’s dowry. Petruchia marries Kato and she carries Kato off to here country house with her servant Grumio. Petruchia intends to browbeat Kato into submission and denies him food, sleep and even new clothes, whilst continuously singing his praises. Kato is tamed. They return to Padua where Lucentio has won Bianca. At a banquet they wager on who has the most obedient spouse. Each is issued with commands but only Kato obeys and promptly lectures everyone on the importance of husbandly submission.
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