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.Woman High Heels Sandals Fashion Style Summer Buckle Sandals Cross-Tied Thin Heels shoes WomenT-JULY Retro Slip-on shoes Woman Fringe Oxford shoes for Women Street Style Loafers with Tassels Autumn Flat shoes.Micca Bacain Ankle Boots for Women Sneaker Boots Women Wedges Genuine Leather Pointed Toe Spring AutumnSpring Step Women's Malana Sandals color Black Leather Sandals.
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, T-JULY Women's Platform Lace Up Ankle Boots Fashion Square Heels Boots Spring Autumn Retro Plus Size shoesRieker Women Ankle Boots Black, (black black schw) 40692-01is 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,Mona flying Womens Leather Platform Wedge Slides Sandals for Women Slip On Casual Sandals BlackNautilus Safety Footwear Women's 1771 Work shoes 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, Calaier Womens Jtabk Pointed-Toe 12CM Stiletto Slip-on Pumps shoesCalaier Womens Caorder Pointed Toe 1CM Flat Slip on Flats shoesthen 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 bone1TO9 Womens Rhinestones Spikes Stilettos Low-Cut Uppers Suede Pumps shoes MJS02745,AdeeSu Womens Chunky Heels Pointed-Toe Fabric Boots SXE04653AdeeSu Womens Chunky Heels Metal Buckles Zipper Imitated Suede Boots SXE04735 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’. MET RXL Summer,Rivet,Around The shoes Lady,Flat,Chunky Heel Sandals
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;Sam Edelman Womens Reema Leather Pointed Toe Slide FlatsCole Haan Women's Trafton Club Court II 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,Latigo Womens Bliss Embroidered Flat Leather Closed Toe Ballet Flats 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,Yosi Samra Women's Sheila Ballet Flat, Black Suede 11 B(M) USWomen's Buckle Sandals Fashion Stiletto Heels 8.5CM Heel Height (color C, Size 46) before flouncing offstage.Cape Robin Women's Jessica-Jt-01 Gladiator Pumps Sandals,White,7.5 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.