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.Fan-Shu Pointed Toe Transparent Block High Heels Stain Yellow Pumps Women Lady Office Party shoesJQfashion Women's High Heel Sandals Candy color color Transparent Muller shoes Outdoor Fashion Slippers Pointed Stiletto.UKJSNHH igh Heels Woman Pumps Autumn Ankle Strap Platform Thick Heel shoesPatent Leather High-Heeled Female Trend of Ultra High Heels shoesSummer Women Flip Flop Non-Slip Flat Sandals Home Slippers Casual Straw shoes Lady' Slippers.
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, CXILIN Women's Fashion Thick-Soled Sandals Classic Sexy Versatile high Heels(,Red,Lable 37 6.5 B(M) US Women)JIESENGTOO 2019 Fashion 10cm High Heels Women Valentine Pumps Satin Stiletto Tacones Fetish Silk Glitteris 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,One shoes Two Women's Sandals 2019 Summer New Hollow Pointed Stiletto high Heel Fashion Sandals Women,C,US5.5 EU36 UK3.5 CN35NZZNB Women's Fashion Crocodile Pattern Large-Capacity Handbag Elegant Classic Shoulder Bag Solid color Charming Satchel Tote Purse 3Pcs Top-Handle Handbags 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, HuangKang Women Sandals 2019 Wedges Summer Casual shoes Buckle Strap Roman Gladiator Sandals WomenJQSM Handbag Women Bags Designer Soft Leather Crossbody Bags Ladies Tote Bag Large Capacity Female Shoulder Bagthen 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 boneAlex Kuts Bohemia Women's Wedges Sandals Beading Zipper Summer Vacation Beach shoes Woman Footwears,Yellow,6,Henraly Flats Pointed Toe Shallow Flock Female shoes Flat Heels Sexy Cut-Outs Solid Single shoesHenraly Large Size Autumn Winter Boots Suede Bow shoes for Women Short Round Toe Solid Ankle 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’. Women's Open Toe Stiletto High Heel, Ankle Strap Sandals for Dress Wedding Party Evening shoes Women's Dress Sandal,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;Lucksender Womens Closed Round Toe High Chunky Heels Frosted PumpsSummer Slippers Women Plus Size Women Slippers Thick Sole Beach Slippers Ladies shoes 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,Women Ballet Flats shoes for Woman Casual Loafers Single shoes 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,JIESENGTOO Women Casual Summer shoes PU Leather Solid color Buckle Strap Low Heels Ladies SandalsJc-factory Retro Women Genuine Leather Ring Toe Slippers Wedge Handmade Floral shoes before flouncing offstage.2019 Female Slippers Sexy High Heel Sandals Fluffy Fur Elegant Ladies shoes 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.