Shakespeare: Women in tights

From Sarah Bernhardt to Helen Mirren, women have longed from - and won - the meaty male parts in Shakespeare's plays. New York Times columnist Alexis Soloski looks at women playing Shakespearean heroes in a recent article.

One of the latest women to play a man's part is Helen Mirren, who starred as Prospero in the 2010 version of The Tempest. After watching Derek Jacobi in the role, Mirren quipped, "A woman could do this and it wouldn’t change a word.”