Playhouse Creatures by April de Angelis
Tues 10th – Sat 14th July 2012
Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York - £9 / £7 conc.

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It’s 1670 and for the first time - actresses are now allowed to perform on the English stage.

Amidst the bear pits of the theatres, five actresses struggle to push themselves to the forefront, fighting against the prejudice of the industry, the preconceptions of the public and the bitter rivalries they share.

It is a world in which they are seen as little more than whores, ogled and abused by their audience, underpaid by their bosses and where ageing brings only unemployment.

April de Angelis’ brash, thought-provoking and hilarious play brings to the stage some of the historic actresses of the day – Nell Gwyn, Rebecca Marshall and Mrs Betterton. It is a glimpse backstage at the camaraderie, rivalry and the extreme lengths these ‘Creatures’ will go to for success in this dark new world.

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