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.Sam Edelman Cambell Ankle BootR.Y.S.E Ryse Women's Fashionable Delicate Cute Bowknot Suede Elegant High Heels Pointy shoes(39 M EU 8.5 B(M) US, Pink).Donald J Pliner Womens Fran-a Flip-FlopWomen Casual Mary Jane Fresh Bow Sandals Summer Leather Low Heel shoes Flat shoes Large Size.
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, Hoxekle Women Boots Stretch Slim Thigh High Boots Female Sexy Over The Knee Boots High Heel shoesChaco Women's Flip Ecotread 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,GEORPE Flat Velvet Thigh High Long Boots Slim Thick Heels Pointed Over The Knee BootsWomen's shoes Leather Summer Comfort Slippers & Flip-Flops Walking shoes Chunky Heel for Casual Beige, Light Pink 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, QIDI Sandals Summer High Heel Female Pointed Baotou High Heel Single shoes (color Yellow)Summer Wedge Sandals Ladies Slippers High-Heeled Slippers Fashionable Women's shoes Sexy High Heels High 10cm (color Yellow, Size 35 US5.5)then 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 boneLady High Heels Ultimate High Fashion Peeps shoes Handmade Sandals Fashion Fish Mouth Women's Sandals fine with Rome Women's shoesleather Buckle Women's shoes,CYBLING Fashion Buckle Ankle Booties for Women Black Dress Low Heel Walking Short BootsNew Balance Women's WW1865v1 Walking 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’. Dulce Diva Cow Leather Round Toe Chunky Heel Ankle-Strap Handmade Pumps for Women Comfort
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