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.QMFUR Women Real Raccoon Fur Open Toe Single Strap Slip On Sandals (10, orange)DecoStain Women's Fashion Glitter Comfort Platform Heels Sneakers Loafers Flat Dress shoes.CHALi99 Fashion Lady Lightweight Mesh shoes Tropical Floral Strelitzia Loafers Outdoor Lace-UpCHALi99 Breathable Lady Lightweight Mesh shoes Tropical Floral Hawaiian Sneakers Sport Soft Sole.
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, Henraly Womens Ankle Work Boots Hiking BootWomen's Sandals Original flip Flops Kenya with Beads Model Snake Silver Unique Handmade Piecesis 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,CHALi99 Casual Womens Lightweight Mesh shoes Tropical Floral Strelitzia Birds Loafers Running Shock AbsorbingCHALi99 Casual Womens Lightweight Mesh shoes Tropical Floral Jungle Sneakers Outdoor Quick Dry 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, Original Mystery Women's Canvas Flat Slip On Backless Casual Walking Comfort Fashion Sneakers Mule shoesCHALi99 Casual Womens Lightweight Mesh shoes Tropical Floral Botanical Sneakers Running Shock Absorbingthen 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 boneASHIJIN Clutch Night Bag Clutches Diamond Shoulder Bag for Wedding Quotations Wedding Purse Party Bag,Sport Running Couple Casual shoes Men Flats Outdoor Sneakers Mesh Breathable Walking FootwearNZZNB Women's Bag Fashion Pure color Simple Handbag Personality Rivet Decoration Single Shoulder Bag Retro Satchel Top-Handle 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’. CXILIN Sports Running shoes, Lightweight, Breathable, Thick, Wild, Casual Women,
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;ZerenQ D'Orsay Pumps for Women High Stiletto Heels Side Cut Sexy Pointed Toe Dress Sandals for Ladies Party Wedding shoes Slip On Suede Pumps Durable (color orange 10 cm Heel, Size 11 M US)Plus Size Female Ankle Strap High Heels Flock shoes Thick Heel,Red,8.5,United States 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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