Curiosities, sex objects, or professional artists?
The year is 1669: a bawdy and uproarious time. The return of King Charles II brought an end to the abstemious realities of puritanical England. While in France, Charles had seen actresses on the stage and upon his return decreed that men were no longer to play the roles of women.
Theatres had just reopened after years of suppression and for the first time English actresses appeared on the public stage.
Playhouse Creatures focuses on five of the most famous, including Nell Gwynn and Mary Betterton, to provide a moving and often comic account of the precarious lives of Restoration actresses; curiosities, sex objects, or professional artists?
De Angelis’ play is contemporary in tone but adheres closely to the lives and struggles of the first English actresses, if not always constrained by historical accuracy.
‘An intelligent, shining light of a production’ Barefoot Review