The Future Of Shakespeare Is Female

Jeanie O’Hare, the dramaturg for the Royal Shakespeare Company, says that the future of Shakespearean performance is female, with casting that is both re-gendered and gender-blind. Paola Dionisotti, who plays Pandulph in the RSC’s current production of “King John,” in which Pippa Nixon (pictured) plays the Bastard, warns, “Just as with cross-racial casting, it only works when you no longer notice the actor’s race. I’m of a generation where I’m still doing that a bit, whereas my daughter, who went to a multiracial London school, doesn’t think about it.”

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