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 Fashion Platform Mid Wedge Hidden Heels Mid Calf Riding BootsENMAYER Women's Elegant Style Design Buckle Thin High Heels Sandals.DoraTasia Women's Fashion Pointed Toe Nubuck Leather Ankle High Summer Block Heel Martin BootiesIDIFU Women's Sexy Faux Suede Pointed Toe High Stiletto Heel Short Ankle High Boots with Side Zipper.
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 Platform Spring Pumps Ladies Patent Leather Thin High Heels Female Slip shoes Plus SizeXSGE Summer Flat Sandals for Women Comfortable Casual Beach shoes Bohemian Sandals(Black-Lable 38 7 B(M) US Women)is 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,IDIFU Women's Retro Buckle Faux Suede Mid Chunky Heels Knee High Knight Boots with ZipperWHW Women shoes a field with bold points deduction sandals with Baotou ,black,35 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, WHW Women shoes bow tie single shoe has a non-slip omelets shoes butterfly flat shoe ,black,44WYMBS Women's Slippers & Flip-Flops Spring Comfort PU Outdoor Flat Heel open heel slippers,black,36then 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 boneMostrin Women's Cold Weather Boots Winter Mid Calf Fur Lining Cozy Warm Water Resistant Snow Boots,Window Flowers Men Geta Japanese Samurai Clogs Wood Sandals Clogs shoes Wood Heel Plank Slippers SandalsPretty-sexy-toys Women shoes Silk Bow Slip On Loafers Style Flat Ladies 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’. Laolaooo shoes Women's Pu Solid Buckle Round Closed Toe High Heels 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;VIMISAOI Women's Comfy Bow-Tie T-Strap Mary Jane Platform Chunky Block High Heel Ankle Strappy Dress Pumps Court shoesWGFGXQ Simple Cotton Slippers for Men and Women, Anti-Skid Indoor Warm in Autumn and Winter Thick 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,Summerwhisper Women's Casual Elastic Low Top Loafers Platform Slip on Flat Sneakers 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,DecoStain Women's Formal Pointed Toe Bowknot Stilettos High Heels Pumps Party Evening Work Dress shoesIDIFU Women's Retro Round Toe Side Zipper Low Chunky Heel Ankle Boots before flouncing offstage.Marited' Black Ladies Clogs Sandals Natural Leather and Wooden Sole and Heel 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.