Diversifying British Theatre’s Shakespeare Productions Isn’t As Easy As We Think

For all but the wilfully obtuse, the need to diversify our theatres is obvious. Great strides have been made over the last few years, but inclusivity in theatre largely remains a case of two steps forward, one step back. While audiences may be seeing increasingly diverse casts on stage, institutional discrimination behind the scenes means those characters are still as likely to have been written, cast and directed by the same people as ever. Nowhere is this more obvious than in Shakespeare. Five hundred years after his death, the UK’s theatres remain dominated by the Bard, and this huge...

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