AnnieInTheStalls, on 02 December 2012 - 09:31 PM, said:
Well I loved the Young Vic Hamlet, and I really liked this, so maybe that's a good guide. Epicoene, I wouldn't waste your money on this, as I'm 99.9% sure you'd hate it.
I haven't. After she managed to direct the worst Shakespeare production the NT has ever staged I've been very wary of pre-booking any of her shows.
The Young Vic Hamlet doesn't belong in the same discussion really as the hospital wasn't a framing device but an integral part of the production. Odd she would use a framing device to try to explain the all-female cast to the hip, right-on (I use those dated phrases advisedly) Donmar audience - it smacks a bit of insecurity - and it is suggesting that this is not gender-neutral casting at all but an active exercise in poitive discrimination (as HG notes also). Were there any men in the audience ? Why ? .