The 2003 ‘Regime Change’ season at Shakespeare’s Globe saw the theatre belatedly extend its original practices experiments – which had included a number of productions with all-male casts – to a single-sex, women-led company, performing Richard III and The Taming of the Shrew in repertory. Phyllida Lloyd joined the project late in the day after Barry Kyle left the production, and the result (as seen on the archive video at Shakespeare’s Globe) is a joyful, comic, and playfully satirical take on the play that celebrates the bodies and improvisatory skill of the company’s women.ERSER Pyrenees Dog Vintage Florals Running shoes for Plantar Fasciitis for WomenERSER gold Leopard Print Marathon Running shoes Womens.Women's Martin Boots Artificial PU Pointed Stiletto high-Heeled Bare Boots Side Zipper Large Size Leather Boots Europe and The United States Autumn and Winter (36 EU-43 EU)WANGZHAO Women's Bags, Shoulder Bag, Skew, Package, Fashion, Minimalism, Retro, Single Bag, Shoulder Bag, Satchel, Envelopes, Envelopes, Etc..
For Lloyd’s company, men are a species unto themselves. Even rival suitors Hortensio (Yolanda Vazquez) and Gremio (Penelope Dimind) slap one another’s backs and share mutually reinforcing shouts and grunts. Petruchio, when he emerges in the imposing six-foot form of Janet McTeer, ERSER Pink Cute Nana Unicorn Rainbow Heart Star Quick Dry Running shoes WomenWorld of Clogs Toffeln Sport Flex EVA Trainer 163 - Blackis the most alpha of the males, embodying a slightly swaggering but entirely self-possessed confidence that brooks no argument.
This commedia-inflected production plays the Shrew fairly straight, for laughs, and without the induction that might give it an ironic frame. Instead, any critique and irony comes from within the performances themselves, as the company allow the play to be a comedy but allow that comedy to push to uncomfortable places. Kathryn Hunter’s Katherina is a spoiled woman-child, stamping her feet and shouting wordlessly when she doesn’t get her way,WANGZHAO Jeans, Breast Bags, Women's Bags, Original Fashions, Fashionable Backpacks, Compact Tour Canvas Bags, Tide Bags.DIDIDD Women'S High-Heeled Boots Short Tube Side Zipper Mother Warm shoes and in the early scenes Petruchio brilliantly turns this against her when informing the other men that they have agreed she will do this – when she stamps, the men clap and cheer her; when she shouts, they turn it into a huzzah, depriving her of her best weapons. Her abuse of her sister Bianca (Laura Rogers) is thorough and quite violent, but this comes from justifiable resentment at the clear favouritism of her father Baptista (Anna Healy). Katherina has undeniable problems, but watching her passed over by her father and gaslit by her wooer is still hard to watch.
During the second half, at Petruchio’s house, the strategies are very clear and centred around food. In a clever move, Lloyd brings onstage Petruchio’s spaniel Troilus, an actor in a dog costume, who takes an immediate dislike to Katherina; Katherina tries to flee from the dog, colorful-space New Summer Women Flat Gladiator Sandals shoes Woman Flip Flop shoes Ladies Fashion Crystal Female Casual Sandals shoesGiles Jones Women's Hiking shoes High Heels Comfort Non-Slip Climbing Mountain shoesthen beats it with a broom, leaving it whimpering away to get the sympathy of the servants. Later, Katherina sneaks up to the dog while it and Grumio sleep to steal its boneBtrada Women Flat Sandals Flower Decoration Ladies Suede Sexy shoes Soft Ruffles Strap Casual Footwear,XIAFEIMANTIAN Thick Plush Casual Women Ankle Boots Comfortable Light Lazy Flats Snow BootsYellow Box New Maida Fuchsia 11 Womens Sandals her hunger absolutely desperate by this point. Later, as a reward, Petruchio gives Katherina some food, but then embraces her and coddles her while Hortensio finishes it off. And increasingly it becomes obvious that Petruchio is treating Katherina exactly like his dog, right down to the whistles and shouts of ‘Here’. Btrada Women Fashion Peep Toe Summer Slipper Butterfly-Knot High Heels Platform Wedges Ladies Sandals
The comedy of the production is sincere, then, but leads to uncomfortable positions. Hunter’s virtuoso physical skills allow her to be tumbled upside down when she fights against Petruchio, and to be carried around the stage in all kinds of undignified postures;Rongzhi Womens Uniform Dress shoes Lace Up Hearts Anime Cosplay Oxford Low Heels Round ToeMINIVOG Women's Rivet Chunky High Heel Summer Slippers yet the audience’s laughter seems to doubly imply both recognition of her skill and enjoyment of her subjugation. The applause of the audience in the archive video after Katherina comes to Petruchio at his command seems sincere, as it the audience are approving the taming. It’s a microcosm of a production in which men are consistently awful throughout, but always mutually congratulatory.
The standout sequence, though, is Katherina’s final speech. At Petruchio’s command,2 Lips Too Women's Too Anita Dress Sandal she gives a speech of a few lines, and gets applause and approval from her husband. But then she goes for another few lines, and another, and another. An increasingly anxious Petruchio tries to get her to be quiet, but she begins exaggerating the speech more and more, getting up on the banquet table and flashing her legs, and finally lying down in a mockery of Petruchio,EMU Australia W11075 Women's Yarra SandalHEETIST Women's Pointed Toe Lace Up Flat shoes Ankle Strap Wrap Low Heels shoes before flouncing offstage.Lucky Brand Womens Castener Pointed Toe Flat We see a glimpse of them having a fight in Italian, suggesting that Katherina is far from ‘tamed’, and indeed will continue to assert herself against Petruchio indefinitely, even as she learns to play the game of this patriarchal world. It’s a quiet reclamation of the play, but a potent one.