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.Women Ballet Flats Genuine Leather Loafers shoes Slip On Flat Heel shoesSoulength Women's Sandals Lace Tied Wedge Platform shoes.IOJHOIJOIJOIJMO Sexy Pumps Wedding shoes Concise Women Pumps Platform Very High Heel Stripper Flock Pumps 16 cm Size 34-45Women Sandals Buckle Strap Luxurious Transparent PVC High Heel Sexy Summer Sandals Square Heels.
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, Brave pinkmary Elastic Sock Boots Chunky Flat Heels Stretch Woman Winter Warm Sexy Booties Round Toe Woman Casual BootsJoddie Haha Sandals 35-42 Women Slides Home Slippers Words Summer Women shoes Soft Beach shoes Sandals Woman Flip Flops Sandaliasis 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,JQSM Alligator Crocodile Leather Mini Small Women Crossbody Bag Chain Women's Handbag Messenger Shoulder Bag with PinkSam Look Women Flats Sneakers shoes Fashion Creepers shoes Lady Loafers Ladies 5CM Platform 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, Lazy&Sexy-Heels Summer Flat Sandals Casual Genuine Leather Sandals Women Comfortable Ladies Sandals Female shoesJQfashion Women's High-Heeled shoes Sexy Fine-Heeled High Waterproof Platform Suede Single shoes Metal Night Clubthen 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 boneBonrise Women's Chunky Platform Oxford Pumps High Heel Round Toe Leather Slip On Zipper Vintage Dress shoes,Huhuj Fall winter with thick with students Martin boots retro fashion short boots UK wind Womens bootsFlip-Flops Flip-Flops, Summer Outdoor Ladies Slippers Breathable Sandals (color B, Size 37) 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’. LUSDO& Size 40 Loafers Pearl Women's Canvas shoes Single shoes Flowers shoes 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;Women Sandals Summer Ankle Strap Sandals Flip Flops shoes Flat Sandal,Black,3Snake Print Pumps Sexy Slides Slip On Sandals Shallow Pointed Toe shoes Stiletto Sandalias 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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