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.T-JULY Women's Paltform Fashion Winter shoes Increasing High Heels Girls shoes Lace Up Ankle BootsT-JULY Women's Boots Square Heels Round Toe Knee-High Boots shoes Girls Winter Black Brown Boots Plus Size 34-43.CASSOCK Women's Boots Patchwork Lace-up Casual Sport Style Ankle Boots Autumn Fashion Court shoes WhiteCASSOCK Women's High Heel Boots PVC Leather Sexy Booties Peep-Toe Hotsale Dance Club Fashion shoes.
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, Women Flats Polka Dot Round Toe Flat shoes Black Beautiful 5 colors shoes Woman Plus US Size 4-15Sol Sana Women's Drake Dress Sandalis 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,Fashion Women Platform Ankle Boots, Full Grain Leather Short Bootie, Genuine Leather and Denim Knit Martin Boots, Flat Heel shoesFSJ Women D'Orsay Peep Toe Pumps Stiletto Heels Bowknot Sandals Cocktail Party shoes Size 4-15 US 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, CASSOCK Ladies Handmade High Heel Boots Demin Patch Work Fashion Ankle Booties shoesFSJ Women High Heel Platform shoes Peep Toe Dress Party Pumps with Rivets Size 4-15then 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 boneFSJ Women Sexy Ankle Strap Sandals Stiletto High Heels Pumps Pointy Toe Mules shoes Size 4-15 US,Saucony Womens Vendetta 2 Track & FieldKENDALL + KYLIE Olea Light bluee Texture Casual shoes Light bluee Texture 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’. CASSOCK Ladies D'Orsay Two Buckles Deco Patchwork Wadge Heel Party Prom Pumps shoes
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;Fashion Women's Latin Tango Dance shoes,Simple Open Toe Medium Heel Ladies Girls Performance Training Stardard Dance shoesOriginal Intention Women's Over The Knee Boots Heel Burgundy Boots shoes Women 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.
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