1994, Samuel French
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Playhouse Creatures has five roles, all female and is set in the year 1669-a bawdy and troublesome time. It is set in London. The theatres have just re-opened after seventeen years of suppression under the Puritans, encouraging a great upsurge in dramatic writing. Of vital importance to the development of drama was the entrance of the first English actresses upon the English stage. April de Angelis has taken five famous figures-Nell Gwyn, Elizabeth Farley, Rebecca Marshall, Doll Common and Mary Betterton-and given us a fascinating look at the precarious lot of actresses at that time. It is a moving and often comic account of the true lives of Restoration actresses, with some earthy language!
The play is all-female roles and there are five:
The play was commissioned and first performed by The Sphinx-Women's National Touring Theatre-on 5th October 1993 at the Haymarket Theatre Studio in Leicester, with Jean Marlow playing Doll Common, Fleur Bennett playing Nell Gwyn, Nicola Grier playing Mrs Farley, Frances Cuka playing Mrs Betterton and Geraldine Fitzgerald playing Mrs Marshall.
It was directed by Sue Parrish; designed by Annabel Lee; Lighting by Di Stedman; and Music by Clare van Kampen
Book includes furniture and property list, lighting plot and effects plot