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.Dearlly Size32-43 Women's High Heel Sandals Gladiator shoes Women Lady Sexy Platform Sandals Heels Summer shoes Sandals PA00905RHFDVGDS pointy boots Martin England wind boots Elastic simple nude in autumn and winter boots Joker low ladies boot.Gcanwea Women's Sexy Pointed Toe Beaded Buckle Ankle Strap Kitten Heel Sandals White 9 M USJaHGDU Women Outdoor Mesh Casual Sport shoes Thick-Soled Air Cushion shoes Sneakers Running shoes Breathable Lightweight Sneaker.
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, goldpink pinkgold Milton Sandals - shoesRAINIE002 Gladiator Women Pump Genova Stiletto Sandal Boot Pointed Toe Strappy Lace Up Pumps shoeswoman Sandals 12Cmis 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,Gcanwea Women's Multicolor Pointed Toe High Heel D'Orsay shoes Fashion Skinny Breathable Comfortable Classic Elegant Sexy Ladies Dress Simple Black+Apricot 7.5 M US shoesGcanwea Women's Trendy Print Peep Toe Sling Back Lace-up Stacked Low Heel Sandals Summer Breathable Literature Fashion Non-Slip Non-Slip Romantic Flexible Joker Comfortable Silver 6 M US Sandals 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, END GAME Big Size 46's Mules shoes Summer Slides Casual Lady Mule Female shoes Thick High Heel SlippersWinter Ladies Pointed Boots Belt Buckle Large Size PU Leather Warm Imitation Leather Liningthen 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 boneGIY Women's Crystal Rhinestone Bolck Heel Sandals Platform Wedge Dress Sandals Slippers,HULUN Round-Headed Women's Single shoes with Soft Sole and Shallow MouthTiwcer Open Toe Wedges Women Platform Flip Flops Summer Floral Outside Slippers Beach 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’. GIY Women's Faux Leather Flip Flop Sandals Comfortable Peep Toe Ankle Strap Casual Flat Sandal 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;Women's Casual Rome Solid Hollow Out Open Toe Zipper Sandals Flat with shoesWYMBS Women's Autumn Winter Rough With Metal Belt Short Boots,Black,38 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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