The Gender’s the Thing: Harriet Walter Plays Shakespeare’s Heroes as Heroines

“Back in 2007, Harriet Walter thought she was done with Shakespeare. Over the decades, the British actress had taken on some of his major female characters, including Viola, Lady Macbeth and Beatrice, and she had just completed a successful West End run in “Antony and Cleopatra” opposite Patrick Stewart. “I felt I was just getting comfortable,” Ms. Walter recently said, smiling slightly. “But then — basta!”

The problem wasn’t that this actor’s actor, revered by her peers, had lost interest. The problem was that she was nearing 60 and the playwright just didn’t offer big roles for older women.

So she turned to his men.”

READ MORE: The New York Times
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Harriet Walter on The Brian Lehrer Show

Harriet Walter discusses her upcoming role as Prospero in Donmar’s all-female production of The Tempest, and how she based her portrayal on Judy Clark, whose 75-year sentence was recently commuted by Governor Cuomo.

THE TEMPEST to Storm Into St. Ann's Warehouse This Winter

St. Ann’s Warehouse teams up once again with London’s Donmar Warehouse to introduce American audiences to director Phyllida Lloyd’s immensely celebrated new all-female staging of The Tempest, January 13 – February 19, 2017.

The production is the third and final work in a trilogy of Shakespeare plays Lloyd has set against the backdrop of a women’s prison, with the brilliant Shakespearean actor Harriet Walter leading the cast. St. Ann’s Warehouse presented the first two parts of the trilogy, Julius Caesar and Henry IV, to widespread acclaim in 2013 and 2015, respectively. The Tempest comes to St. Ann’s direct from London, where the Donmar is offering both The Tempest and the full trilogy in a purpose-built temporary theater at King’s Cross (that mirrors the stage in St. Ann’s Warehouse).

Photo: Helen Maybanks

Dame Harriet Walter to Chat, Sign New Book at The Drama Book Shop This Winter

The Drama Book Shop will welcome back Dame Harriet Walter for a discussion about her new book, Brutus and Other Heroines: Playing Shakespeare’s Roles for Women, on Monday, February 6th at 5:00PM.

Walter will sit down with playwright Steven Carl McCasland for an intimate conversation about tackling some of the Bard’s greatest roles, and her latest theatrical adventure at St. Ann’s Warehouse.

via BroadwayWorld
Photo: Helen Maybanks

Coming this Spring: Kneehigh's 946 and Enda Walsh's ARLINGTON

MAR 16-APR 9, 2017
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Kneehigh bring their full arsenal of live music, dance and visual hi jinx back to St. Ann’s with this new adaptation of a book by the author of War Horse.

MAY 3-28, 2017
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In May, join us for Enda Walsh’s Arlington, where “dance, art and poetry explode in [this] brave new world” (The Guardian).