Poll: Is stunt casting a good thing for theatre?
In a column for The Stage last week, Mark Shenton questioned whether stunt casting, like that of YouTube star Tanya Burr in Confidence at the Southwark Playhouse in London, “is really the way of the future”.
Shenton argued: “If anyone with a big Instagram and Twitter following can be thrown into the lead of a play, what’s the point of real actors learning and honing their craft?”
The comments follow a feature for WhatsOnStage in which critic Matt Trueman argues that stunt casting can be an attempt to “make theatre more accessible” and that, when done well, it “can achieve something admirable”.
This week we are asking: Is stunt casting a good thing for theatre?