Not Hamlet: Meditation on the Frail Position of Women in Drama by Janet SuzmanNot Hamlet: Meditation on the Frail Position of Women in Drama by Janet Suzman

Not Hamlet: Meditation on the Frail Position of Women in Drama

byJanet Suzman

Hardcover | October 23, 2012

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"A thoughtful and considered kick up the arse to conspiracy theorists and to patriarchy" ? Michael Boyd, Artistic Director RSCCleopatra, La Pucelle, Ophelia, Shaw's St. Joan and Ibsen's Hedda ? a handful of seminal roles for women in the classical canon. Janet Suzman has played them all and directed some. Here she examines their complexity and explores why only Cleopatra has an independence that allows her to speak to modern women.None of these, regrettably, matches up to a Hamlet, but as she is grateful for the parts he did write, Suzman feels a lightly-barbed attack on those who doubt Shakespeare's authorship is way overdue. She also takes issue with received ideas on boy-actors playing mature women in Shakespeare's company, and reflects on how female characters in classical drama have not been on a level with their male counterparts. Today, on TV, film and the stage, this remains the case. Not Hamlet but Hamlette, please.
Janet Suzman moved to London in 1959. As an actress she started her career in the UK with the RSC and also filmed for TV. She won The Evening Standard Best Actress Award, and had Academy Award and Golden Globe Nominations for 'Nicholas and Alexandra'. She made her debut as a director with Othello which won an AA Vita Best Production A...
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Title:Not Hamlet: Meditation on the Frail Position of Women in DramaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:140 pages, 8.25 × 5 × 0.98 inPublished:October 23, 2012Publisher:Theatre Communications GroupLanguage:English

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