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The Wizardry of Wonderfully Wise Women

Despite the importance of women in Shakespeare's plays, female actors were non-existent sixteenth century. Romeo would find himself wooing another young lad in tights, and men would be frolicking together in the enchanted wood of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Nothing wrong with that of course, but now that women are allowed act, Shakespeare's Globe has decided to celebrate the role of women in our most famous playwright's productions.

Women's Wit is a series of plays and educational discussions featuring the women who have had significant roles in Shakespearean plays. The series has been curated by Ann Thompson, the first female editor of Hamlet and The Taming of the Shrew.

Women in Shakespeare
5th-7th December, 30-50

This conference is open to all members of the public, but is specifically geared towards students and scholars; it includes a feminist reading of Shakespeare's plays.

Read Not Dead
17th November & 8th December, 8-10

Read Not Dead is a series that stages plays written by Shakespeare's contemporaries. The two plays staged here are The Widow by Thomas Middleton and The Widow's Tears by George Chapman. Thompson chose these because they 'did interesting things with the female roles'.

To Kill a Wife in Kindness
21st November, 8-10

Join Ann Thompson for a discussion about the stereotyping of women in The Taming of the Shrew.

These are the Youths That Thunder
27th November, 8-10

This is a talk given by the two emerging scholars, Dr Edel Semple and Dr Sarah Lewis, who will respectively be discussing the roles of women in Shakespeare's comedies and patient wives in All's Well that Ends Well.
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Why? Fun at the theatre
When: 17th Nov - 7th Dec
Phone: 020 7401 9919
Where: Shakespeare's Globe
Cost: 8-50
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