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.High Heels, Women's Sandals, Sandals, Summer Ladies' high HeelsPleaser Women's Seduce 2000 Red Stretch Patent Size 8 M.T-JULY Woman Sandals Woman Office Ladies Square High Heel shoes Square Toe Sexy Summer shoes with Buckle Ankle StrapHoxekle Women Over The Knee Boots Thin High Heel Pointed Toe Stretch Soft Leather Zipper Black bluee Female Long 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, Women's Running shoes Knit Breathable Lightweight Athletic Walking SneakerCHMILE CHAU Women Sexy Snakeskin Knee-High Boots Pleated Buckle Zippers Stiletto High Heeled Long Bootsis 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,Winter Warm Snow Boots for Women,Simple Stylish Thicken Anti-Slip Indoor Outdoor Booties for Ladies Girls Daily Wear,Multi color OptionalDelicious Women's Nora2 Tan Leatherette High Heel Sandal 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, Heart to Hear Black Arrival shoes Woman peep Toe Casual Women Summer shoes,Robert Reyna Nice Big Bow Tie Pumps shoes Women Butterfly Pointed shoes Woman High Heels Bowknot Advisable Wedding shoes 35then 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 boneAdidas Women Originals Crazy 8 ADV shoes CQ2842,Calaier Womens Caleast Closed-Toe 2CM Block Heel Slip-on Mule shoesDe Blossom Womens Vice-159 Party Dressy 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’. Btrada Womens Autumn Booties Fashion Pointed Toe Ankle Boots Sexy High Heel Side Zipper Dress Pumps
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's shoes Spring Summer Pointed High Heels Personality Hollow Sandals 2018 New SandalsExing Womens's Boots, Fall Winter Round Head Ankle Boots Ladies High Heel 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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