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Shakespeare’s plays used to have only male actors


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Shakespeare’s plays used to have only male actors

Who was William Shakespeare?

English writer William Shakespeare is considered to be one of the greatest dramatists of all time. Shakespeare wrote about 39 plays as well as poems in his lifetime. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.

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Even today, hundreds of years later, Shakespeare’s plays are still performed around the world – in theatres, schools and colleges. His works have been translated into many languages too.

his continued popularity is due to many things. His plays are full of action and his characters are all believable. He was clever with words and images. He also expressed how people thought, felt and acted.

Today, it’s common for women to be actors. But during that time, all the roles in Shakespeare’s plays were played by men – even the female roles.

The struggles they faced

Male actors taking on the female roles struggled with the inequality that actresses even face today. Actors were paid less for female roles than for male roles. The actors who played female roles were also not taken seriously.

However, this may have helped their character development. Struggling against the unequal treatment that women faced, helped men to understand women’s problems. It may have also added to the spectacle of some characters.

Shakespeare’s plays also consistently pushed gender and social boundaries. His play Troilus and Cressida was no exception. He used his plays to comment on what was happening in society.

Shakespeare wrote his plays for all classes of people. But most of his audience was illiterate. They saw his plays as great entertainment.

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