Future Productions
Future Productions
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PLAYHOUSE SQUARE.7c58a1b72fb39aac9bc0d06

Production of 'Playhouse Creatures' by April De Angelis

directed by Lindsay Jones

7th - 11th September 2021

It is 1669 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 playhouses.

For the first time, women are allowed on stage; the King and many others  come to see the newest beauties, often with the hope of acquiring a new mistress! This joyous play brings historical characters to life; Mrs Betterton (wife of the actor manager), Elizabeth Farley and the brash youngster Nell Gwyn (orange-seller-come-actress) are among the memorable 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  role for women.