Helen Mirren played Prospero, and Shakespeare survived.
Helen Mirren played Prospero, and Shakespeare survived.
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Reader: Switching Gender Roles Is a Fun Thing to Do!

When the Colorado Shakespeare Festival's production of Hamlet opens on June 23 on Boulder, it will feature an actress, Lenne Klingamen, playing Hamlet. Should a female play the Danish prince? Juliet Wittman offered five reasons why it's a bad idea, but even more reasons why it's an idea whose time has come. And Gabrielle agrees:

Why not? Back during Shakespeare's time, men dressing as women characters was completely normal. Given, it was because they didn't allow women to act, but still.... Point being, it's a fun thing to do switching gender roles.

Will you see any Colorado Shakespeare Festival productions this summer?

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