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Re: Eunuchs Onstage
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1034  Monday, 15 May 2000.

[1]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Friday, 12 May 2000 15:06:07 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1024 Re: Eunuchs Onstage

[2]     From:   Dana Shilling <
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        Date:   Friday, 12 May 2000 11:56:24 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1024 Re: Eunuchs Onstage


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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Friday, 12 May 2000 15:06:07 +0100
Subject: 11.1024 Re: Eunuchs Onstage
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1024 Re: Eunuchs Onstage

Peter Hillyar-Russ asks

> Is it known for certain that the actors playing women
> on the renaissance stage were boys?

The cast list attached to the quarto of Webster's The Duchess of Malfi
list names Robert Pallant, who was at least 30, in the female role of
Cariola and the manuscript of Sir John van Olden Barnavelt names
Nicholas Tooley, who was probably nearing 40, for Barnavelt's wife.

Gabriel Egan

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From:           Dana Shilling <
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Date:           Friday, 12 May 2000 11:56:24 -0400
Subject: 11.1024 Re: Eunuchs Onstage
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1024 Re: Eunuchs Onstage

Being an actor was not particularly prestigious, and referring to
low-status males as "boys" despite their chronological age probably
occurred then too.

Dana
 

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