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.Summer Stiletto High Heel Open-Toe Sandals Buckle Nightclub Dance shoes (color A, Size 6.5 US)Boots Women Genuine Leather shoes for Winter Boots shoes Woman Fashion Warm Genuine Leather Botas women Female Ankle Boots.Olivia and Jaymes Womens shoes Simple Ankle Three Strap Strappy Chunky High Heel for Formal Dress Wedding PartyDrew Toby Women Pumps Sexy Openwork Mesh Lace Shallow Pointed-Toe Elegant High Heels.
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 College Style Simple Martin Boots 2018 Autumn Low Heel Buckle Ankle Boots Size 31-33,Red,39Genepeg Womens Sandals Summer Party shoes Ankle Strap Gladiator Crystal High Heels 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,Women Pumps Carved Metal Heeled Pointed Toe Ankle Buckle Party Dress High HeelsDailybella Women's Indoor Slippers Boot Winter Soft Cotton Memory Foam House 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, Alexis Leroy Women's Open Toe Cross Strap Wedge Espadrille SandalsUMEXI UMEIXI Women Open Toe D-Orsay Fashion Stilettos Handmade High Heel Pumps shoes for Partythen 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 boneSUNNY Store Lace Up Suede Ankle Boots Women Leisure Solid Round Toe Flat shoes(Brown-7.5 M US),Saucony Women's Ignite Running shoesHigh Heels Sandals Night Club Bar Party Office Ladies Women Bride Girls 4 Season shoes Multicolor Stiletto Heel Blink shoes,Beige,EU38 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’. SUNNY Store Winter Warm Suede Ankle Bootie Women Couple Home Non-Slip Flat shoes
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;York Zhu Women's Fashion Ankle Boots,Round Toe Low Heel Fold-DownWinter Snow BootDasein Women's Comfort Memory Foam Micro Suede Moccasin Slippers Ladies Winter Warm Lightweight Slip on House shoes Adjustable Anti-Skid Indoor Outdoor Footwear 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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