The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0526 Wednesday, 15 August 2007
Date: Monday, 13 Aug 2007 13:04:26 -0400
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.
C. David Frankel
Assistant Director of Theatre
University of South Florida
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