Celebrating Shakespeare's women

Published: 4 December 2018
Reporter: Colin Davison

Fierce sisters Credit: Adrian Burrows/Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The all-female acrobatic theatre group Mimbre will highlight the role of women in Shakespeare’s plays in short performances in the grounds of New Place, the playwright’s adult home in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Fierce Sisters, commissioned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, is the group’s third production at the venue since New Place re-opened in 2016, with shows at 5, 6 and 7PM from Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 December 2018.

Artistic director Lina Johansson said, “Shakespeare’s women get nowhere near enough space in the plays; female representation accounts for less than 16% of the characters and only 17% of the speeches, so we want to push the boundaries to reclaim a bit of space.”