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Gregory Doran: ‘I won’t enforce 50/50 gender casting at RSC’

Gregory Doran. Photo: RSC/Ellie Kurttz Gregory Doran. Photo: RSC/Ellie Kurttz
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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s artistic director Gregory Doran has said he does not believe in imposing 50:50 gender casting on directors.

This follows news that Michelle Terry, incoming artistic director at Shakespeare’s Globe, intends for all her casts to be half male and half female.

Doran also announced that despite this, he will be directing the RSC’s first 50:50 production in autumn 2018, which will be Troilus and Cressida.

Speaking at the London launch of the Stratford-upon-Avon-based company’s new season, he said: “What we were very clear about is that the theatre should reflect the society it’s performing to.

“So we’ve addressed that in all sorts of different ways; from the black, Asian and minority ethnic perspective, in that we have actors from that community in major leading roles.

“In terms of re-gendering roles, Michelle Terry at the Globe has made a very bold statement about re-gendering so it is going to be 50:50 right across the board.

“I don’t want to impose that on directors as such, that would mean that we couldn’t do an all-female production. I want to keep it much more fluid and organic.”

He added: “I’m not going to say we’re going to do it 50:50, because in a way, Shakespeare was writing for a group of blokes, actually, but we try across the board to look at each specific production and try to shift that balance where we can and where we think it’s appropriate to do so.”

Doran’s comments come as the RSC unveils the first season in which all main stage productions will be directed by women.