Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 253. Wednesday, 14 October 1992.
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1992, 22:23 EDT
Subject: re: Changing the Gender of Shakespearean Characters
I find it interesting to note that there have been performances where
women have played men's roles in Shakespeare. As someone pointed out,
all women's parts were played by young men when the plays first came
out, so I can't help but wonder if Shakespeare had in mind that he was
writing a part for someone who was really not a woman? My senior high
school English class read _Hamlet_ aloud and the teacher handed out
roles according to sex. After she relented when many women wanted to read
male characters, it was fun to compare. I think it would be
interesting to see a female Hamlet, for instance. I did see a female
Puck, which I found annoying (the way the character was played, not
because it was a woman).
St. Michael's College