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.AmoonyFashion Womens Pointed Closed Toe Low heels Synthetic Rubber Solid Boots with Metalornament, Brown, 7.5 B(M) UST-JULY Loafers Women Slip on Flats shoes Female Moccasin Ladies Genuine Leather Round Toe Casual Leisure shoes.SmarketL Women Rivet Boots Pointed Toe High Boots High Heel Ankle Boots Women Pumps Motorcycle Botas womenWomen's Stiletto High Heel Tall Boots - Pointed Toe Over The Knee Boots with Zipper - Sexy Inside Zip Up.
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, DC Womens Bolsa Womens Le Slide SandalWomen Winter Knee-Hight Boots Warm Steampunk Gothic Vintage Style Retro Punk Buckle Lace Up 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,Pump 11cm Chunkly Heel Cross Strap Sandals Serpentine Dress shoes Women Sexy Open Toe D'Orsay Hollow Bowknot OL Court shoes Roma shoes EU Size 34-40Womens Sneakers Canvas Slip On Flat Low Top Fashion Sneaker shoes，Women's Canvas shoes Casual Sneakers Low Cut Lace Up Fashion Comfortable Walking Flats (color Black, Size 6 US) 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, August Jim Women's Flats Comfortable Walking Driving Pointed Breathable Black Flat shoesSummer-lavender Peep Toe Square High Heels Women shoes Pumps Slip On Red Black Mules shoes Size 34-39then 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 boneSkechers Womens You - 15804 Sneaker,T-JULY Women's Summer Beach Wedge Platform High Heels Slide Sandals No-Slip Waterproof SlippersWeenFashion Women's Close Round Toe Solid Stiletto Heels Squines Pumps shoes with Metal Ornament, 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’. Women Winter Block Low Heels Ankle Boots Simple Vintage Flat with Round Toe Chelsea Booties
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;Gedigits Women's Trendy Plain Toe Lace Up Round Toe Martin Boots Block Medium Heel Platform Ankle Booties Black 4 M USMadden girl Women's Brisk Sandal 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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