Yes, Larger Men Can Play Hamlet

Yes, Larger Men Can Play Hamlet

In Act 5, Scene 2 of ​Hamlet ​by William Shakespeare, Hamlet is described by Queen Gertrude as “fat, and scant of breath.” This comment comes during Hamlet’s fight with Laertes. I even​ checked the Folio, Hamlet is fat. So, why aren’t there more fat Hamlets?

People seem to be very particular with which kind of actors play which parts and they seem to always comment on someone’s race or gender when they want to bring into question the legitimacy of someone’s performance. So, I ask again. Why aren’t there more fat Hamlets?

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Gay for Pay, or Sexuality on Stage

How do you audition someone’s sexuality? That comes up for me more times than I am comfortable with. I am a director who, when given the choice, works on plays and musicals that are queer-themed stories with non-straight characters. As a gay man myself it is also very important to me that I get to work with other queer identifying artists both on and off stage. But, how do I go about getting that information during the auditions process? 

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