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 Sweet fashion Lady boots high boots High heels short boots sequin boots warm-keeping bootsGIY Women's Sport Athletic shoes Breathable Lace-up Slip-on Casual Running shoes Fashion Sneaker.Lacitena Women's Wedding Flat shoes，Rhinestones Pointed Toe Flat shoes，Ballet shoes Bridal FlatsSummer Women Slippers Sandals Slippers Women's Fashion Flat Slippers Wear Non-Slip Sandals Flat Sandals,Fashion Sandals (color B, Size 39).
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, New Sandals Women's high Heel Stiletto Sandals Female Word with Wild Summer Women's shoesSANDIP MIKEY Women Sandals Summer High Heels Elegance Pink Leather Open Toe shoes Office Partyis 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,Adrianna Papell Women's Samoa Dress PumpDearfoams Women's Space-Dye Cable Knit Clog Slipper, Black, M Regular 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, JOYISM Handbags for Women Totes Hobo Shoulder Bags Tassels Stripes Top Handle Bags Gift for Valentine's Day BlackVIMISAOI Women's Chunky Heel Zipper Leather Ankle Bootiesthen 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 boneIndulge Mona I Women Faux Suede Platform Lug Sole Block Heel Combat Bootie HE17,Hiking shoes for Mens Womens Lace Up Camping Climbing Walking Sneakers Outdoor Trainners Lightweight Trekking Loafers shoes Large Size 39-48YuJi Summer Sandals Stiletto Heel Red Bridal shoes Lace Up High Heel Ankle Strap Sandals,Wine Red,11 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’. WHW Women's Ankle Strap Leatherette Office Career Casual Party Evening Dress Stiletto Heel Zipper Sandals,39,bluee
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;LUMBERJACK Winny White Sandal with Wedge Heel Woman LeatherJOYBI Women Winter Fashion Platform Mid Calf Boot Warm Anti Slip Round Toe PU Leather Waterproof Snow 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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