‘…Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.’
In this famous scene from Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, the three witches huddle around their cauldron in a cave, creating a dark and dangerous atmosphere to precede the arrival of Macbeth himself.
The witches’ potion-brewing may remind you more of Hogwarts than your average BGS Chemistry lesson, although the building tension as they add ingredients to the gruesome mixture certainly does bear some similarity to the excitement of starting a new experiment and wondering what will happen.
Recently it was announced that Macbeth would be on at the Manchester’s Royal Exchange theatre. Unlike usual, this play has led to lots of controversy, as the main part of Macbeth is being played by a woman. This shows the play to be a pioneer for gender-equality in theatre, as actors tried out for the parts they wanted, not that their gender lead them to audition for. However many critics dislike this decision (I can assure you most of these are men) even though as the Royal Exchange artistic director Sarah Frankcom said: “Up until the 20th century, there was a massive tradition of women playing this role.”
Then why are people so against another gender playing this role?