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.U.S. Polo - FALKS4170S8_S1 Grey 40RHFDVGDS fashion shoes Ladies shoes sexy Super sequin heels night club Waterproof light shoes.Comfortable and beautiful ladies sandals Sandals Plastic Simple Summer Female blueeSingle shoesPeony red Embroidered Velvet Slipper Woman Pointed Toe Mixed color Fashion Flats Lady Lazy Muller shoes Woman in Summer.
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, A-Tu Summer Women's High HeelLAIGEDANZI Women Shiny Diamond Med Heels Sandals GirlSexy Transparent Pointed Toe Flip Flop Casual Jelly 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,shoes Female Autumn Spring New Pointed Boots Simple Boots High Heel Matte Leather Small Size and Bare Boots Women's BootsMKJYDM Women's shoes High Heels Four Seasons Work shoes Stiletto Heels Leather Pointed shoes Stiletto shoes 34-39 Yards Women's high Heels (color Gun color, Size 37 EU) 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, Mo Duo Sweet Wedding shoes Platform Sandals Party shoes Heels Sandals Thin Heels Women SandalsSummer Gladiator Sandals Women shoes Peep Toe Lace Up shoes Woman Tassel Square High Heel Sandalias women Big Size 33-43then 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 boneJaHGDU Ladies Casual Slippers Cartoon Floral Pattern Fashion Beach shoes Slipper for Women Green Yellow Black Red,Fanxu Women's Flip Flops,Summer Beach Sandals Fashion Rhinestone Flat Flip Flops Suitable for Seaside Holiday Wear gold (shoes Size 3539)Meet at Summer-heeled samndals Sandals Coarse High Heel Mixed color Square Open-Toed Sheepskin Buckle Slingback shoes Size34-39 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’. Fumak Winter Warm Snow Boots Women Thickened Fur Boots Winter shoes Woman Flat Platform High Boots Big Size 34-43 Drop Ship
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;GIY Women Winter Motorcycle Ankle Boots Ladies Round Toe Cow Suede Leather Boots Warm Lace Up Plush Flat Short BootsBoys' Nike Cortez Basic SL (TD) Toddler shoes - Footwear Kid's Footwear Kid's 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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