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.IDIFU Women's Sexy Sequined Rhinestones Buckle Closed Pointed Toe Stiletto Kitten Heels Pumps shoesMostrin Women's Round Toe Platform Short Boots Winter Faux Fur Buckle Waterproof Warm Snow Boots.Sam Look Canvas shoes Woman Women Ladies Casual shoes Lady Loafers Women's shoes bluee 6 M USRainbot Stiletto High Heel shoes for Women Pointed Closed Toe Classic Slip On Dress Pump.
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, High Heels shoes New Summer Women's Sandals Peep-Toe shoes Women High-Heeled Platforms Casual Wedges for WomenNZZNB Fashion Flower-Pattern Women's Bag with Refined Ancient Printing Patterns Single-Shoulder Bag with Slant Bag Top-Handle Handbagsis 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,Antetok Monster Hunter Hand-Painted Canvas shoes Unisex Designs Casual Canvas shoes Cosplay Low Cut SneakersEsharing Women's Booties-Lady Deals Strappy Buckle Ankle Boots-Girls Fashion Round-Toe Boot 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, CLAKION Lucksender Women's Fashion Casual Warm Fringe Lacing Flat Short Boots shoesLucksender Women's High Heel Open Toe Plaform Dress Pump 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 boneJoddie Haha Sandals Summer Beach Cork Women Slippers Casual shoes Clogs Slip On Flip Flops Flats shoes Non-Slide Slippers Breathable Black,Yudesun shoes Women's High Heels - Ladies Pumps Elegant Party Office Dress Casual Suede Court shoesASHIJIN Boutique Multicolor Diamond Women Clutch Bags Wedding Party Cocktail Ladies Shoulder Chain, Handbags and Handbags 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’. WYMBS Women's shoes Rough with Martin Boots Short Tube Student Short Boots,Black,36
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;ZXMxi New Sports shoes Female Students Plaid Wild Canvas shoes Female Casual shoesVIMISAOI Women's Sweety Bow Mary Janes Platform Chunky Block High Heel Strappy Dress Pumps Court shoes 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,Unisex 3D Backpack Student Bookbag Travel Laptop School Bag School Cat Printing for Teenager Girls Boys Large School Bag Gifts W3834J 39x29x17 cm 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,Esharing Women's Short Boots Women Chunky Ankle Leather Long Leggings Tight Pants Low Heels Booties shoesQmfur Women's Flip Flop Fox Fur Soft Slide Flat Slipper before flouncing offstage.RHFDVGDS autumn pointed flat casual shoes Elegant pale leather fashion Lady shoes 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.