2017-08-08 01:30:48 UTC
In 1971, Tina Packer, then a classically trained English actress, persuaded
the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art to let her direct
Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.” Then she directed “The Winter’s Tale,” then “Hamlet.”
“All the easy ones,” she laughed.
Ms. Packer kept going, through comedies and histories, tragedies and romances.
On Sunday, her production of “Cymbeline” finished its run in Lenox, Mass.,
at Shakespeare & Company, the troupe she founded in 1978. And with it Ms.
Packer, 78, finished her run through the Shakespeare canon, having now
directed all 37 plays. (“Two Noble Kinsmen,” a collaboration with John
Fletcher, failed to make the cut. “I didn’t find myself interested in it,” she said.)