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.2019 Fashion Women Flat shoes Bohemia Lady Summer Beach Sandals Outdoor shoes Sandals K85Yudesun Stilettos Pointed Toe - Women Court shoes Closed Toe High Heels Pumps Working Office Evening Party Prom Wedding.JIAME Women's Extreme High Fashion Pointed Toe Hidden Platform Sexy Stiletto High Heel Pump shoesEasy Street Women's Cheynne Plus Slouch Boot.
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, Woman PU Leather Flat shoes Fashion Hand-Sewn Leather Loafers Women FlatsJQfashion Women's High-Heeled shoes Sexy Transparent High-Heeled Sandals Tip Fine-Heeled Night Clubis 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,Style & Co. Nadine Womens Size 10 Nude Pumps Heels shoesWTKRSM Women's Open Toe Fashion Classic Sandals Wedges Platform 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, Monicas-Dream 2019 Sexy Serpentine Green Women's Sandals Open Toe shoes High Heels 6.5cm Casual Sandals Slippers shoesWomen's Summer Open Toe Sandals Bohemia Rhinestone Flower Bead Folk Sandals Boho Beach Flip Flops Elastic T-Strap Clip On Post Thong Flat Sandalsthen 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 boneVersion of The Ultra High Heel with Waterproof Platform Suede Round Head Fish Mouth Single shoes Pearl,PilotageAuto Winter Home Slippers Woman Cotton Soft Plush Indoor Floor shoes Fur Slippers Warm Slippersbluesh Bleoni Steve Madden Pink 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’. RAINIE002 Gladiator Women Sandal Peep Toe Hollow Out Lace Up Sexy Hollow Out Cross-Tied Pumpswoman Sandals Boot Black Size 40
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;Martin boots, spring and autumn in England Motorcycle boots with flat Rough biker bootsUKJSNHH igh Heels Hot Women Pumps Fashion Knot High Heels Single shoes Female Spring Summer Plaid Leather Wedding Party shoes Woman 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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