Gender equality in theatres

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?

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