Who is your favourite Shakespearean woman?

By Anna Kamaralli – Favourite Shakespeare Women: an article written for ShakespeareTwentyScore.org on International Women’s Day 2016.

Flaming Moth

All has been quiet on this blog recently, because the action is going on over at ShakespeareTwentyScore.org but I wanted to cross-post my International Women’s Day piece from over there, just in case anyone would like to share thoughts on Shakespeare’s female characters in the comments.

While we don’t have anything like as many to choose from, the smaller numbers of female characters in Shakespeare’s plays means the ones who are there tend to be the vivid splashes of colour in a field of grey Lords. Be they virtuous, evil, complex or intermittently disturbingly underwritten, they all do tend to be memorable.

Judi Dench, very young, in medieval garb. Judi Dench as the Princess of France in Henry V

Do you favour the ingenues, the grand queens, or the lowly comic matrons?

Katharine Hepburn in puffy blouse holding a mask on a stick, next to masked man. Katharine Hepburn as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing

Rosalind in As You Like It was probably Shakespeare’s most popular heroine for a long…

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