There are indications that the casting of all-white companies for Shakespeare's history plays is becoming part of a trend - Dr Jami Rogers
Dr Jami Rogers is Honorary Fellow and Research Assistant for the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. She responds to Sir Trevor Nunn's all white casting for the Rose Theatre in Kingston's forthcoming production of The Wars of the Roses,
"In the era when debates about the need for more diversity are legion, when Equity has adopted an Inclusive Casting Policy, and Act for Change recently hosted a major conference at the National Theatre on casting in theatre, Shakespeare is viewed as a bastion of diversity. The Rose Theatre, Kingston's forthcoming production of The Wars of the Roses has inadvertently re-opened that debate, as Trevor Nunn has assembled an all-white cast."