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.bluee-shore Summer Women Sandals Square Heel 10 cm Female High Heels Women shoes Woman SandalsDaniig Ladies High Heel shoes Women Sexy Dress Footwear Fashion Lady Female Brand Pumps Size 34-47.Court shoes Women's shoes shoes Western Style Fashion Sexy Night Club Low Slim Fine Heel Shallow Mouth Pointed Satin Rhinestone Buckle Haiming (color Pink, Size 34)Women's Ladies Ankle Winter Snow Boots Hi Top Platform Trainers Woman Equestrian Winter Thick Sole Lace-up Sneakers Size Casual Sports shoes Boots.
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, Rainbow Sandals Men's Single Layer Premier LeatherWomen Flats shoes Pointed Toe Ballet Suede Lady Slip-On Comfort Dress Boat shoesis 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,AmoonyFashion Women's Pu Low-Heels Round-Toe Soild Lace-up Court shoesAmoonyFashion Women's Low-Top Zipper Frosted Low-Heels Round Closed Toe Boots 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.
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