The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0243. Thursday, 20 February 1997.
Date: Tuesday, 18 Feb 1997 16:24:53 -0800
Subject: A Woman as Hamlet
This is my first posting to this list, to which I have been subscribed
for several months.
The National Theatre Company of Costa Rica is rehearsing Hamlet, in the
very good translation by our noted author Joaquin Gutierrez. The lead is
being played by a young woman actor. I remember Joseph Papp staged
Hamlet with a woman in the title role in the early 80's. I didn't see
the production, but I saw a TV programme about it. Would list member
care to comment on Papp's rationale for a woman playing Hamlet? I would
really appreciate some input on what members think about this casting in
general and what justifications can be put forward for it.
My understanding is that Andrei Wajda, the Polish film/theatre director,
brought his staging of the play to NYC some time ago, also with a woman
as the Prince. Did anyone see it, did it work? Best regards.