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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy_player

Boy player was an adolescent male employed by Medieval and English Renaissance playing companies. Some boy players worked for the mainstream companies and performed the female roles, as women did ... and complex female roles created by Shakespeare and Webster could have been played by "children.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_Shakespeare%27s_works

Women in Shakespeare is a topic within the especially general discussion of Shakespeare's ... Women in Shakespearean plays have always had important roles, sometimes the leading role. Whether they are here to change up the story or ...

www.bardstage.org/globe-theatre-female-roles.htm

of William Shakespeare and Elizabethan London, England. Globe Theatre ... The parts of female characters were played by young boys. These boy actors were ...

www2.cedarcrest.edu/academic/eng/lfletcher/troilus/Papers/CAnagnos.htm

(“Globe Theatre Female Roles”) Therefore teenaged boys played female characters; it is strange to think that Shakespeare's complex female roles were first ...

www.reference.com/art-literature/played-shakespeare-s-female-roles-2ac1f7f2cae98f35

Because it was judged unseemly for women to perform in Elizabethan theatre, the female roles in Shakespeare's plays were performed by young boys.

www.bl.uk/shakespeare/articles/shakespeare-and-gender-the-womans-part

Mar 15, 2016 ... In Shakespeare's day, female parts were played by male actors, while more recently, actresses have taken on some of his most famous male ...

www.bl.uk/shakespeare/articles/women-playing-shakespeare-the-first-female-desdemona-and-beyond

Mar 15, 2016 ... ... playhouses of Shakespeare's day, to great actresses in female roles, ... Then, in 1642, the outbreak of Civil War led to a ban on stage plays ...

www.enotes.com/homework-help/why-were-there-no-actresses-shakespeares-plays-59613

Jan 22, 2009 ... It also may be part of the reason that Shakespeare (and his contemporaries) wrote plays that had MANY more male roles than female roles.

theatreunbound.com/?p=466

Aug 5, 2016 ... Given that, in Shakespeare's day, all the roles were played by men, Theatre Unbound has returned the favor with our all-female productions of ...