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.Together to create a miracle 2018 New Women Fashion Boots Autumn shoes with Lace-up Mid-Calf Solid Low Heels PU BootsHummel Women's Stockholm Low Trainers.SaraIris Women's Asymmetrical D'Orsay Sandal Open Toe Flats Cut Out Low Heel shoes BlackYudesun Ladies High Heel Pumps - Women Round Head Bow Closed Toe Platform Anti Slip High Heel shoes.
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, Slip On Canvas Antiskid Flat shoes Spring Autumn Women Comfortable Breathable Printing FlatsHANBINGPO Women Sandals Ankle Strap Perspex High Heels PVC Clear Crystal Concise Classic Buckle Strap shoes size35-42is 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,Ladies Anniversary Ring Cotton Slippers Men's Indoor Floor Autumn and Winter Slippers Warm Couple Home Slippers WomenBe fearless 2019 Spring Women Flats shoes Women Genuine Leather Flats Female Cutout Slip on Ballet Flat Loafers,orange,4.5 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, Be fearless 2019 Fashion Genuine Leather Flats shoes Woman Non-Slip Outdoor shoes Casual Flat shoes2019 Fashion Hollow PU Leather Peas Breathable Soft Walking Women Flats Loafers Home 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 bonegoldencar Dress shoes Pointed Toe Women Pumps Leather Office&Career Women shoes Thin Heels Stilettos Big Size,Dethan Womens PU Leather Pointed Toe High Stiletto Heels Dress Pumps Sexy Party Prom Wedding shoesSJJH Women Mid-Calf Lace-up Boots 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’. PilotageAuto shoes Winter Home Slippers Big Bow Cute Girl Lady Warm Cotton Pantufas Soft Coral Velvet Slipper
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