Comedy play’s first all male cast since early 17th century.

Cast of A Woman is a Weathercock.
Cast of A Woman is a Weathercock.

Budding actors at Pocklington School are to perform the first all- male production of Nathan Field’s ‘A Woman is a Weathercock’ since the early 17th century.

Written by a contemporary of Shakespeare, this “hilarious tale of love and hidden identity” was once a huge hit yet but has scarcely been seen in over 400 years, and never since 1610 with an all-male cast.

The play is showing today at The Merchant Advernturers Hall in York at 7.30pm and tomorrow at the school’s Tom Stoppard Theatre at 7pm.

“There are two reasons for the all-male cast,” said communications officer Emily Frankish.

“First, Pocklington School is celebrating its 500th birthday in 2014 and until the 1980s all girls’ roles were played by boys. This is a recognition of that tradition.

“Second, we are staging this in the style of the original players. That includes a cast the same age as the originals, with the actors making lots of decisions, with the audience on three sides, with live music and song and without any technology.”

Tickets for Thursday’s performance in York cost £8 for adults/ £5 for children and are £5 for Friday’s show in Pocklington.