January 24, 2007

The Women who have played Hamlet

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=hamlet.mp3

Tony Howard talks about his research looking at the women who have played Hamlet and the influence they have had on both the play and society.

Length: 29 minutes

Summary:

Why have some many women wanted to play Hamlet
Is is the act of playing Hamlet that is empowering for Women, or is there something about the character
How does Hamlet relate to feminism
Is there a desire to play Hamlet because women in Shakespeare’s plays don’t carry enough political significance
The female Hamlet in Russia and Eastern Europe
How have audience reactions changed
Who have been the great female Hamlets
Have other traditional Shakespearean male roles been sought by Women
What about a female Macbeth or Othello
Have female Hamlets informed the way male actors approach the role
Has our understanding of the play changed
Are there any examples of male Ophelia’s
Does a female Hamlet still have the power to shock


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