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.Women Wedge Boots Biker Calf Boots Trainer Hidden High Heel 10 cm Trainers Lace Up High Top Platform Casual Boots Black SizeClassic Ankle Boots for Women Keep Warm Cross-Tied Short Plush Winter shoes Flat Non-Slip Snow Boots.T-JULY Strappy Gladiator Open Toe High Heel Sandals Double Metal Buckle for Women's Summer Dress Roman shoesCute Cats And Dogs Canvas Sneakers For Women.
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, Peep Toe Transparent Women Slippers Cross Thin High Heels Beige Elegant,1. State Womens Chevonn Leather Open Toe Casual Slide Sandals, Black, Size 8.5is 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,Pineapple Party Purple Summer Tropical Womens Slip On SneakersAbstract Wave Womens Running Sneakers 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, Tropical Surfing With Palm Trees Basketball Sneakers For WomenMade Of Sea Waves And Yachts Womens Slip On Canvas 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 boneFlamboyant Tribal Feather Arrows Canvas shoes Women Slip On,CALICO KIKI Women's Ballerina Flats Side Slingback Casual Round Toe Comfort shoesPleasantlyday Heels Women Plaid Pointed Toe Shallow Thin Heels Footwear Spring shoes 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’. Bright colord Feathers On A bluee Background Vector Image Sneaker For Women
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;Ailj Women's Summer Sandals, Leather Female Slippers Beaded Embroidered Rhinestone Finish Pregnant Women Outdoor Soft Slippers 2 colorsIn The Summer with All-Match Nude Leather Heels White shoes Buckle Sandals a Simple coarse Woman 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,Hibiscus bluee Flowers And Tropical Leaves Comfortable Sneakers For Women For Work 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,Zarbrina Womens Fur Lined Ankle Boots Fashion Round Toe Casual Soft Rubber Sole Lace Up Short Plush Slip On Winter Warm Snow shoesCYBLING Women's Platform Slide Sandals Slip on Flat Summer Beach Casual shoes with Notch Cut-Outs before flouncing offstage.Disco Low Poly Pineapple Pattern Canvas Slip On shoes For Women 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.