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Redheads
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0526  Wednesday, 15 August 2007

From: 		David Frankel <
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Date: 		Monday, 13 Aug 2007 13:04:26 -0400
Subject: 	Redheads

Recently, the Tampa Tribune published an article (from a wire service) 
describing the position of redheads (or "gingers") in British society. 
According to Charlotte Ruston, one possible source for the 
discrimination against those with red hair, ". . . could date back to 
Shakespeare, who used red wigs on his most menacing characters."

I've never encountered this particular bit of theatrical lore, and 
wondered if anyone knew whether there was evidence to support it.

Thanks,
C. David Frankel
Assistant Director of Theatre
University of South Florida

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