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.Yudesun Womens Platform Trainers - High Wedge Hidden Heels Casual Lace up Sneakers Ankle Boots Round Toe Comfortable Solid Pump Chunky shoesAaron-Store Women's Flat Loafers shoes Plus Size Casual Flock Shallow Flats Spring Autumn Ballet shoes Flat Heel.Call It Spring Womens Acirari Ankle BootieNine West Women's Flax Suede 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, Pig Pig-pumps-shoes Women Sexy High-Heeled Sandals Stiletto High-top Fish Mouth Roman Summer BootsOIP Medical Icons Dentist Men Snakers Fashion Canvas Slip-onis 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,C & C Women's Genuine Leather Flat shoesBella Vita Made in Women's Ciao Wedge Sandal 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, IDIFU Women's Pretty Square Toe Mid Chunky Heel Ankle Boots with Bows2019 Summer PVC Clear Transparent Strappy High Heels shoes Women Sandals Peep Toe Sexy Party Female Ladies shoes Woman Sandaliasthen 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 boneUKJSNHH igh Heels Women shoes Pointed Toe Pumps Patent Leather Dress Red 8CM High Heels Boat shoes Shadow Wedding shoes shoes women,Flip Flops Sandal Unisex Waterproof Lightweight Seasonal Easy to Wear,for Travelling, Walking, Beach, Poolside,B,39Fashion Women Slippers New Slippers Black Pearl Twist Braided Open Toe Slippers Flat Heels Sandals 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’. Women Sandals 2019 New Summer Leather Sandals Flip Flop Flat Sandals Casual Beach shoes Ladies 43,Brown,10
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;Qchengshix Women's Low Top Classic Canvas Fashion Sneaker Basketball Tennis Athletic shoesRetro Baltimore SkylineDecoStain Women's Patent Leather Square Toe Ankle Cut-Out Lace-Up Mixed color Flat Platform 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,TZJY-Store Leather Genuine Women's Flat Heel Sandals Fashion Women's Summer shoes Sandals 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,Huhuj Summer Flat Sandals Womens Open Toe Cut The Word Velcro shoes Student shoesUKJSNHH igh Heels High Heels Autumn Flock Pointed Sandals High Heels Female Summer shoes Female Sandals before flouncing offstage.The Beste of us 2019 New Men Sandals Summer Flip Flops Slippers Men Outdoor Beach Casual shoes Male Sandals Water shoes Sandalia Masculina 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.