Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Women centre stage at the Royal Shakespeare Company, with gender-reversed Taming of the Shrew by Hannah Furness

Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love
The RSC, which has announced its 2014 summer season, will put on three rarely-performed Jacobethan plays deliberately to showcase “great parts written for and about women”.
A children’s production of The Taming of the Shrew will see the gender roles reversed, with a man now being “tamed” by a female lover.
Erica Whyman, deputy artistic director of the RSC, admitted the decision was taken in part to combat a perceived dearth of parts for women in the modern theatre, as she claimed many issues in the 400-year-old plays are still relevant today.

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