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Why Is British Theatre So Gender-Imbalanced? The Shakespeare Problem
"He was, of course, writing for all-male companies; and, though he wrote transcendent parts for women, there aren't very many. ... [Until] relatively recently, much of British theatre relied on the repertory system: a company of actors performing a handful of different plays in a season. Shakespeare would frequently sit at the heart of such a company; many new plays would therefore tend to be written for a similar gender balance."
The Guardian (UK) 12/10/12
Posted December 12, 2012 12:45 AM
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