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.GIY Bohemian Wedge Platform Sandal Soft Sole Open Toe Classic Espadrilles Sandals for WomenAIWEIYi Womens Square Med Heel shoes Peep Toe Ankle Strap Strappy Sandals Grey.Luxurious Women Flat Sandals Snake Punk Rhinestone Flat Heel Women Sandals Wedding Party shoes Plus Size 42Wood-1 Size Men Close Toe Soft Casual Sandal Man Summer Beach Slippers shoes.
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, AIWEIYi Womens Flats shoes Slip on Loafers shoes BlackAIWEIYi Womens Thick High Heel shoes Round Toe Sweet Bow Platform Dress Pumps Beigeis 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,Thin Belt Combination gold Shiny Black gold Sandals Waterproof Platfor,GIY Womens Wedge Sandal Comfortable Peep Toe Adjustable Ankle Strap Slingback High Heels Sandals 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, Gcanwea Height Increasing Slip On Women's shoes Woman Mid Calf Boots Dropship Solid shoes Woman Boots Plus Size 34-43 Comfortable Fashion Elegant to Wear with Jeans bluee 6.5 M US BootsHigh Heels Girl Summer New Hollow Flat Slippers Out of Rome shoes British sandals Ladies sandals (color Black-B, Size 39)then 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 bonebluee Skieses 2019 New Summer Women shoes Thin high Heels Women Sexy Superstar Elegant Sandals Large Size 34-43,AIWEIYi Womens Pointed Toe Belt Buckles Thick High Heels Knee High Boots BlackAIWEIYi Womens Closed Round Toe Platform Thigh High Boots Warm Winter Snow Boots Black 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’. JaHGDU Stylish Foldable Rabbit Ears Women Winter Pads Warm shoes Plush Knuckle Snow Boots Fashion Leisure Elegant Soft Wild Tight Super Quality for Womens
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;AIWEIYi Womens Ankle Boots Buckles High Heel Fur Warm Winter Snow Boots Black BootiesAIWEIYi Womens Wedges High Heels Slippers Platform Flip Flops Black 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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