The Women of Will Shakespeare

Tina Packer in "Women of Will" (Credit: Shakespeare & Company)

There may be more men in the plays of Shakespeare. Many more. But the Bard’s women pack a punch.

Tina Packer — founder of Shakespeare & Company, the renowned theater group in Lenox, Mass., and now one of America’s premier Shakespeareans — has been playing and directing Shakespeare’s women for 40 years.

She’s learned them from the inside out — Kate and Cleopatra, Rosalind and Desdemona, Lady Macbeth and Juliet, Cordelia and Marina, and much more — and put Shakespeare’s feminine side on stage.

Now she’s brought the female roles together in her work “Women of Will.” It’s powerful.

-Tom Ashbrook

**Note: This show was first broadcast June 1, 2010.


Tina Packer, Shakespearean actor, director and scholar who founded Shakespeare & Company. Her play “Women of Will” reinterprets and examines the roles of Shakespeare’s female characters.

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