Should the Royal Shakespeare Company be forced to employ equal numbers of male and female actors? Director Phyllida Lloyd (her most recent work is the Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady) says yes. But what about the fact that Shakespeare wrote way fewer parts for women than for men? That shouldn't matter, according to The Daily Telegraph:
[Lloyd] said it was "iniquitous" that the RSC employed "so few women" actors and predicted that European legislation may in future force it to employ equal numbers of each sex.
Any problems with not having enough men to fill the male roles could be solved by "some gender-blind casting" – and would allow directors to "have some fun".
Her current production of Julius Caesar features an all-female cast including Frances Barber and set in a women's prison. Sweet.