Michelle Terry is currently in charge of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and as director of the number one location for all of the best Shakespearean productions, it is her responsibility to do everything she can to improve the quality of the ways in which the plays are put on, in every facet. Specifically, as of late, Terry is focusing on the Globe’s growing commitment to diversity casting in the theater.
Speaking for the first time since replacing Emma Rice, Terry proclaimed that the upcoming season of theater will be a “fifty-fifty split.” More than just a split in casting (of all roles) evenly between men and women, Terry noted that theatergoers should also expect a healthy balance of roles for all races, all disabilities, and even all gender identities. However, one aspect of diversity Terry was not prepared to address was the issue of class diversity.
Having been born into a working class family, Terry was not sure if she would classify herself as such anymore, though she vowed to figure out a solution to the problem in the same manner that William Shakespeare would have. Regardless of the progression of Terry’s casting decisions at the Globe Theater, it is certain to be a season of plays unlike any other at the hub of the Bard.
Certainly, Shakespearean productions in the past have been known for their ability to cast iconic characters with different actors of many different races, genders, and disabilities. After all, the work is almost suited to it and it can be very common. But after plays like Hamilton took diversity casting to a whole other level, it is good that Shakespearean plays are being forced to step up to the occasion in the interest of allotting as many opportunities to diverse actors as possible.