Thursday, 26 July 2012
Theatre review: The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare's Globe)
Director Toby Frow is making his Globe debut and doesn't stray far from the house style in a Renaissance-dress production (designed by Mike Britton) heavy on audience interaction, with a lot of running around the Yard, slapstick and the compulsory discharge of bodily fluids. There's rather too many instances of the "looking out into the audience with a 'who, me?' expression" type of physical comedy, especially from Rick Warden's Hortensio. But one of the more notable aspects is how much of the smutty humour in the dialogue, not just the physical comedy, comes out in this production - I think the line about spitting into the hole of the instrument to make it play better is the only one that didn't hit the mark. I guess it's apt enough that a production starring an actress who once played Barbara Windsor should have a Carry On feel to it.
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare is booking in repertory until the 13th of October at Shakespeare's Globe.
Running time: 3 hours including interval.