Unusual gender-reversed adaption of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream to debut in Islington

PUBLISHED: 09:56 11 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:08 11 March 2016

Reversed Shakespeare Company trailer still

Reversed Shakespeare Company trailer still


Imagine the lead character in your favourite Shakespeare play.

Now imagine it played by someone of the opposite gender. Chances are your favourite Shakespeare character has just become a woman.

Women make up just 16 per cent of Shakespeare’s characters, and The Reversed Shakespeare Company has come up with a novel way to change this.

In its “gender-reversed” adaption of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s male characters are played as women, by women, and his female characters are played as men, by men.

The play wants viewers to ask themselves whether women and men are capable of the same actions, feelings and beliefs.

The company was set up in 2015 by drama school graduates Lindsay Dukes, Cassie Web and Matthew Maltby.

Matthew said: “We thought men would find it valuable to see and experience the sort of vulnerability afforded to Shakespeare’s women but not to his male characters.”

As well as experiencing Shakespeare like you’ve never before theatre-goers can also participate in panel discussions.

The play will be held at The Pleasance Theatre, in North Road, from Wednesday.

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