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.York Zhu Women Loafers,Casual Comfortable Printing Canvas Slip-On Flats shoesBalaMasa Womens Sandals Closed-Toe No-Closure High-Heel Solid Waterproof Cushioning Urethane Sandals ASL04598.Maguidern Patent Leather Slingback Pumps, Women's Pointed Toe Slingbacks Buckle Ankle Strap Low Heel shoes red Black Size 13Qupid Plateau 183BX Women's Casual Faux Suede Knee High 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, Unm Women's Studded Short Boots with Zipper - Faux Fur Outdoor Round Toe - Chunky Low Heel Ankle BootiesPropet Balance Women's Breeze Walkeris 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,Lady Summer Fashion Lady Fashion Sweet Bohemian Rhinestone Soft Flat Slip Clips Sexy Indoor Sandals Women Slippers Sandals XIAOQIHigh Heels shoes 12Cm Black Stiletto Pointed Toe Sexy Party shoes Nude Heels 5-12 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, Nine West Womens Oriona Metallic Flat SandalSkechers Womens Plush - Go Fetch Ballet Flatthen 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 bonepinkG Women's Handmade Suede Lace Up Flat Platform Creepers shoes,Forever Young Women Rubber Rain Boots Mid-Calf 11 Classic Waterproof Wellies, Purple, 10WeiPoot Women's Satin Solid Buckle Open Toe Kitten-Heels Sandals 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’. Circus by Sam Edelman Womens Charlie-25 Sneaker
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 Winter Fashion PU Mother Boots Women's Casual Ankle Buckle Zip Wedges Snow Boots Women Flat shoesEdv0d2v266 Women's Lightweight Walking Athletic shoes Breathable Mesh Sneakers Casual Running 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,SJJH Women Stiletto Boots Fashion Over-The-Knee Boots 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,TOETOS Women's Mirran Tan Knee High Riding Boots Wide Calf Size 8 M USMageed New Women Flip Flops Beach Sandals Fashion Bling Pearl Slippers Summer Women Flats shoes before flouncing offstage.AN Womens Non-Marking Oversized Pumps-shoes Urethane Pumps shoes DIU00813 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.