Playhouse Creatures (2005)

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Poster by Mark Davies

by April de Angelis

Directed by Lorraine Spenceley

Performances: Wed 14th – Sat 17th December 2005, Prompt Corner.


The year is 1669 - a bawdy and troublesome time for Restoration London. The theatres have been reopened after 17 years of repression under the Puritans, encouraging a great upsurge in dramatic activity. Of vital importance to the development of drama was the entrance of the first English actresses upon the stage. Five famous figures - Nell Gwyn, Elizabeth Farley, Rebecca Marshall, Doll Common and Mary Betterton - provide us with a moving and often comic account of the precarious lot of a Restoration actress.




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