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The culmination of thousands of years of subjugation

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It was considered 'lewd' for a woman to be on stage during Shakespeare's time, so all girl parts were played by young boys before they hit puberty (high voices).

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They weren't. The female parts were played by boys.

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cause its sexist

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Q: Why could woman not act on stage in Shakespeares plays?
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What role did woman play in shakespeares plays?

none, only men could be in plays during the time that Shakespeare was around.


How was it illegal for women to perform in William shakespeares plays?

It was illegal in the sense that if a woman was caught doing it she could be arrested and taken before the courts. One woman this actually happened to is Mary Frith, a woman in Shakespeare's day who dressed and acted like a man all the time. She was charged with having got up on the stage of the Fortune Theatre and sung a song (probably in Dekker and Middleton's play about her, The Roaring Girl). The penalty was not harsh: she was given a penance and had to promise not to do it again.


Could woman take part in or attend the plays?

could woman attend or watch in theartes


Were female allowed to be in shakespeares plays?

Females weren't allowed to be actresses in any plays at all in Shakespeare's day. People thought it was indecent and improper for a woman to parade about on a stage showing herself off to any men who might happen to be there. It was as shocking as it would be for North Americans to see a twelve-year-old striptease artist. In fact, a French acting company with females in the cast (the French were OK with this idea) played in England in Shakespeare's day and were booed off the stage. The English would not allow females on stage until 1660 and even then it was considered to be an improper job for a well-bred woman well into the twentieth century.


Why wasnt there any actresses in shakespeares plays?

Are you talking about at the time of Shakespear? Because it was unseemly for women to display themselves in such a manner in public. Kissing went on in the plays, and no woman kissed anyone other than her husband. 'Acting' wasn't a consideration.


Could women play or attend the plays?

Women could and did attend the plays. There was no issue with that. They were not, however, permitted to appear on stage. For a woman to show herself off to a crowd consisting of at least some men was considered to be the equivalent of a strip show, was considered to be indecent and outrageous and consequently illegal.


Was Shakespeares woman?

Anne Hathaway ( not the actress there is seriously another dead one)


Who plays the woman in black in the stage play?

The the performance of the woman in black, at the fortune theatre, is says in the programme, at the bottom of the page in small font that 'the vision' (the woman in black) is played by: Audrone Zulumskyte.


What do you call a woman who acts on the stage?

A woman who acts on the stage is called an actress.


Were men more powerful then women in Shakespeares time?

women were equal with men because the queen was a woman


Why could only men act on the stage in Shakespearean times?

People at the time considered that a woman parading about the stage to be gazed at by a bunch of men was indecent and obscene.


Could woman take part or attend Greek plays?

no only greek men