A Lord who tricks Christopher Sly
Christopher Sly a drunken tinker who awakens to find himself a "nobleman"
Petruchio an adventurer from Verona, looking to "wive it wealthily in Padua"
Grumio Petruchio's servant
Curtis another of Petruchio's servants
Katherina the unruly "shrew"
Bianca her younger sister, with many suitors
Baptista Minola a wealthy merchant of Padua, father to Katherina and Bianca
Hortensio one of Bianca's suitors, and friend to Petruchio
Lucentio one of Bianca's suitors
Vincentio Lucentio's father
Gremio an elderly suitor to Bianca
Tranio Lucentio's servant
Biondello another servant to Lucentio