Much Ado About Shakespeare 8: Does Shakespeare silence women?
Welcome to the latest edition of Much ado about Shakespeare, a new podcast series from The Telegraph in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In this edition, Claire Allfree questions the role of women in Shakespeare and whether he gives them a voice. Certainly you could look at the agency of Portia of The Merchant of Venice or the sexual liberation of A Midsummer Night's Dream to argue that he does, but there are other instances where this is clearly not the case.
Does descending into madness make victims of Ophelia and Lady Macbeth? Why do Queen Anne and Princess Katherine go silent as soon as they are married? And what on earth should 21st-century audiences make of Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew?
Joining Claire in the discussion are acclaimed actors Sylvestra le Touzel and Debbie Korley, and director Nancy Meckler.
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Next time, Ben Lawrence will go behind the scenes of the RSC's new production of The Merry Wives of Windsor in which Fiona Laird transports the high comedy of Shakespeare's only contemporary comedy to the nail bars of Essex.
If you enjoyed this latest podcast, you can listen to previous episodes in the series.
1: Macbeth: Christopher Eccleston, Niamh Cusack, Polly Findlay. A behind-the-scenes look at the RSC's brand new production
2: Unsex Me Here: the Women of Macbeth: Director Polly Findlay and Oxford academic Emma Smith discuss the play's female characters
3: Terry Deary on the Curse of the Scottish play
4: Shakespeare: 20th Century Playwright: a live debate from the RSC's Other Place with Gregory Doran, Tracy Chevalier and Iqbal Khan
5: Romeo and Juliet: behind the scenes of Erica Whyman's new RSC production
6: A plague on both your houses: director Erica Whyman and UCL's Emma Whipday on the violence of Romeo and Juliet
7: Baz Luhrmann's take on Romeo and Juliet
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