'Iron Lady' Director Wants Government to Mandate Roles for Women

The director of “The Iron Lady” has a pretty strict wish list for the British government.

Phyllida Lloyd wants women to have juicier roles in plays, a plight exacerbated by the fact that the earliest plays were conducted with all-male casts.

A little government engineering can fix that, of course. 

She told the BBC last week that she looks forward to the day when the European Union will legislate to insist that all theatre companies must employ 50 per cent women, so that directors have to allocate parts regardless of sex.

Lloyd is doing her part to gender balance modern plays. Her new production of “Julius Caesar” features an all-woman cast led by Dame Harriet Walter.

Can “Juliet and Juliet” be far behind?