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.The New Summer with coarse Diamond Square Hollow Sandals T Belt Bow with Hollow Women shoesPretty-sexy-toys Autumn Plush Snow Boots Women Wedges Knee-High Slip-Resistant Boots Thermal Female Cotton-Padded shoes Warm Size White with Fur,6.5.JOYBI Women Round Toe Knee-high Boots Chunky High Heels Zipper Waterproof PU Leather Motorcycle BootsGIY Women's Round Toe Ankle Boots Comfortable Lace Up Slip On Winter Snow Boots Warm Fur Platform Wedges Short Boots.
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, GIY Women's Low Heel Work Combat Ankle Booties Waterproof Lace Up Winter High Top Snow BootsGIY Women's Breathable Fashion Sneakers Lightweight Walking shoes Athletic Tennis Running 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,GIY Womens Winter Round Toe Lace Up Ankle Boots Comfortable Non Slip Pull On Flat Platform Ankle Snow BootsShiney Womens Single shoes Leather Thick Heel Pointed shoes Deep Mouth Cross Straps British Style 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, Slippers Woman Summer Fashion Outer Wear Slope Thick Heel Sandals Women's shoes High Heels Sandals Flat Sandals,Fashion Sandals (color A, Size 39)MA DA SHU 2018 New Low-Heeled shoes Female Leather Matte Leather Round Lace with Coarse shoes Khakithen 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 boneVIMISAOI Women's Genuine Leather Chunky Heel Lace Up Pointed Toe Fashion The Knee Boots,CHENSIR9 Women Leather Pumps shoes Women Low HeelLongbao Mixed colors Women Sandals 2019 High Heels Classic Design shoes Woman Party Office Basic Prom shoes 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’. Ipanema Women's Glitter II Flip-Flop, Beige gold, 5 M US
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;WANGFANG Sandals Women's Toe Slippers, Summer Transparent Thick Slippers Open Toe Pumps Half Slippers, Three colors (color White, Size US6 EU37 UK4 MX3.5 CN37)GIY Women's Mid Calf Slouch Boot Comfortable Slip On Round Toe Tassel Flat Heel Hidden Wedge Knee High Boots 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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