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 Sexy Fashion Ladies High-Heeled shoes Luxury Over The Knee Boots Thigh Higgh Pointed Toe BootsDulce Diva Burgundy Fashion Open Toe Chunky High Heel Roman Sandals Rivet for Women Sexy.Diadora Women’s B.Elite Wide Nub Gymnastics shoes BeigeUMEXI Women's 2017 Closed Toe Fashion Chunky Heel Side Zipper Sexy Booties.
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, Women's Rhinestones Gladiator Sandals Boots Block Mid Heel Open Toe Crystal Ankle Wrap Summer Luxury shoesT-JULY Mixed colors Fashion Casual Plush Round Toe Espadrilles Women Sneakers Ladies Wedges Tenis Femininois 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,Nina Women's Tessie Dress PumpBogs Womens Sweetpea Boot Rain Boot 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 Salaq Open-Toe 6CM Block Heel Buckle Sandals shoesCalaier Womens Capanda Bridal Sexy Wedding Plus Size Ultra High Heel Open Toe 15.5CM Stiletto Buckle Sandals 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 boneAN Womens Nubuck High-Heel Solid Urethane Boots DKV02908,T-JULY Bullock Platform Martin Boots shoes Women's Ankle Boots Equestrian Winter Thick Sole Lace-up shoes Waterproof BootsWomen's Snow Boots Fashion Casual Slouchy Mid-Calf Boots Lace Up Low Block Heel shoes 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’. AN Womens Solid High-Heel Bucket-Style Urethane Boots DKV02806
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;Naturalizer Womens Dianna Open Toe Casual Strappy SandalsAN Womens Dance-Ballroom Spikes Stilettos Platform Urethane Boots DKV03015 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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