Playhouse Creatures - Acting Edition


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April De Angelis

Published by Samuel French Ltd

0 Male 4 Female

The year is 1669

A bawdy and troublesome time

Theaters have just reopened after seventeen years of Puritan suppression

There is a surge in dramatic writing and the first English actresses appear on stage

Playhouse Creatures focuses on five of the most famous Nell Gwyn, Elizabeth Farley, Rebecca Marshall, Doll Common and Mary Betterton to provide a moving and often comic account of the precarious lives of Restoration actresses


"With delicious absurd extracts from the heroic repertory and frantic dressing room scenes, the prevailing tone is comic but you are not allowed to forget the gutter waiting to reclaim these glittering figures" ~ Independent on Sunday

"Flesh and blood heroines ... move and inspire ... a few more female role models stamped firmly on your heart" ~ Time Out

"An immense talent and witty sensitive dialogue.... Thoroughly entertaining" ~ Tribune

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