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.RHFDVGDS Wedding shoes prong high heels dress dress shoesAIWEIYi Womens shoes Flat Fur Warm Winter Snow Boots Knee High Riding Boots Brown.GIY Women's Platform Buckle Oxford Pump Chunky Mid Heel Mesh Perforated Zipper Vintage Dress Oxfords shoesB-Unique Lyon- Stacked Chunky Low Heel, Ankle Boots for Women, Comfortable and Stylish Eco-Friendly Material..
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 Western Style Buckles Faux Suede Riding Knee High Boots BlackAIWEIYi Womens Square Heel Boots Round Toe Rivets British Style Knee High Boots Black Bootiesis 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 Women's Chunky Platform Wedge Oxfords shoes Wingtip Lace Up High Heel Round Toe Leather Dress shoesPretty-sexy-toys Punk Boots Buckle Bottes women Platform Boots High Heel Winter Autumn shoes Motorcycle Boots Women Fashion Fall Boots,Black,6 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, GIY Women's Winter High Top Snow Boots Suede Waterproof Lace Up Warm Fur Lined Cold Weather Ankle Boot BootiesGIY Women's Sexy Pointed Toe Ankle Boots Size Zipper Stiletto High Heels Party Wedding Pumps Dress shoesthen 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 boneGIY Women Sexy Pointed Toe Leather Ankle Boots Ladies Serpentine Side Zipper High Heels Ankle Boots Knight Short Boots,AIWEIYi Womens Faux Suede Ankle Boots Fur Lining Block Heel Platform Dress shoes BlackAIWEIYi Womens Sweet Bow Ankle Strap High Heels Dress Pump shoes 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’. GIY Womens Winter Warm Slip-on Suede Leather Plush Low Heel Boots Med Faux Fur Heighten Boots 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;AIWEIYi Womens Sweet Bow Buckles Ankle Strap Stiletto Heel Dress Pumps Mary Janes shoes BlackAIWEIYi Women's Wedges Rhinestone Flip Flops Summer Style Sandal shoes Woman gold 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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