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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 ...

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.

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.reference.com/art-literature/did-boys-play-shakespeare-s-female-roles-c7b8723dea0abfd8

Boys played the female roles in Shakespeare's plays when the plays were first produced because women did not perform in the theater during that era.

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

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

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

... of Shakespeare's day, to great actresses in female roles, and modern women ... Then, in 1642, the outbreak of Civil War led to a ban on stage plays that lasted  ...

www.ft.com/content/266629ae-31e3-11e4-a19b-00144feabdc0

Sep 5, 2014 ... Shakespeare's plays are replete with cross-dressing and .... a number of roles, Hamlet is probably the most female of all of Shakespeare's male ...

scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/old-WILLA/fall96/gerlach.html

Mar 21, 2012 ... This merging of masculine and feminine in both males and females might help .... The study of gender roles in Shakespeare's plays provides an ...