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Harriet Walter to offer insights into playing male Shakespeare roles in new book

Harriet Walter, who will become patron of Nuffield Southampton Theatres Harriet Walter, who will become patron of Nuffield Southampton Theatres
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Harriet Walter is to share her experiences playing both male and female Shakespeare roles in a new book.

Brutus and Other Heroines – Playing Shakespeare’s Roles for Women promises “remarkable insights into Shakespeare’s most famous roles”.

According to publisher Nick Hern, the book will be a “valuable guide for actors taking on parts themselves, an important contribution to the ongoing debate surrounding gender equality in the arts, and a brilliant, intimate celebration of Shakespeare’s plays”.

The book comes as Walter prepares to appear in the Donmar Warehouse’s Shakespeare trilogy, in which she will reprise her role as Brutus in Julius Caesar as part of an all-female cast.

Writing in the book, Walter explains: “I put myself imaginatively and emotionally into a given dramatic scene, speak the works my character is given to speak, and, in the best cases, I learn something I could never have learnt through study. In this exercise of writing about a character long after I played them, I try to collect that experience into a coherent theory of the play.”

The book will be published on October 27.

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