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Kathryn Hunter withdraws from RSC productions

Kathryn Hunter withdraws from RSC productions

Kathryn Hunter: The visionary actress leaves it to her understudies to play Cleopatra

Even at the time it seemed a little strange: the visionary Kathryn Hunter as an oddball Cleopatra in a production that hardly seemed up to the mark either of her performing standards or of her own fabulous Shakespeare staging, a Pericles which was one of the two best things I've ever seen at the Globe.

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Perhaps all of us who saw both Kathryn Hunter's performance as Cleopatra and Katy Stephens' understudy performance at Stratford in 2010 will feel that perhaps Katy should have been given the lead role in the first place. No doubt that Kathryn gave the role her best shot but Katy made it her own in the "understudies" performance on 21st June 2010. Katy was simply dazzling as Cleopatra and I can only commend her performance to London theatregoers in 2011.

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