Future Productions
Future Productions

Production of 'Playhouse Creatures' by April De Angelis

directed by Lindsay Jones

7th - 11th September 2021

It is 1663 and Charles II has returned to the throne after 17 years of Puritan suppression under Cromwell. It is a time of glittering opulence, decadence and excess – and one of Charles’s first acts is to re-open the playhouses.

For the first time, women are allowed on stage; the king and many others would come to see the newest beauties, often with the hope of taking one home. This joyous play brings historical characters to life; Mrs Betterton (wife of the actor manager), Elizabeth Barry and the brash youngster Nell Gwyn (orange-seller-come-actress) are among the characterful company.

 

Playhouse Creatures is brim full of theatrical vivacity and camaraderie as the women embrace their new found freedom.

But it comes at a price – comedy and tragedy collide as these female pioneers struggle for recognition, equality and a new real role for women.

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