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Written By: Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed By: Megan Dansie
Australian Premiere production of this dramatic, bawdy and moving historical backstage comedy, which was the basis for the 2004 film “Stage Beauty”.
In 1661 the most famous portrayer of female roles on the London stage was a performer named "Kynaston." Like every other player permitted to enact such roles, Kynaston was a man. A celebrity artist shining bright at the crest of the Restoration, Ned or Mr. K, as he's called, is applauded onstage, and off, for his interpretations of Shakespeare's tragic ladies: Ophelia, Cleopatra, especially his Desdemona and his famous "death scene." He's the toast of the town and the very secret "mistress" of the powerful Duke of Buckingham. But when an unknown named Margaret Hughes plays Desdemona one night at an illegal theatre, instead of stopping the show, the ever-game King Charles II changes the law to allow women to act. By the stroke of a pen, Kynaston's world is turned upside-down. He loses his cachet, his livelihood, his lover and his sense of self. And as such women as the king's own courtesan, Nell Gwynn, and Kynaston's former dresser, Maria, become stars, his own light disappear s, until fate and his desire for revenge give him a chance to take the stage again.
Large varied cast required. Some doubling of parts. Partial nudity possible for some characters, to be negotiated with the director. All cast to be over 18
Casting is for the breakdowns below + 12 other characters, both male and female, including actors, ruffians, aristocrats and whores.
Tuesdays and Thursdays (evenings). Sundays to be advised.
16th - 31st March 2012
The Stirling Community Theatre, Avenue Rd, Stirling.
Saturday 27 August from 10am
For appointment times call Megan Dansie 0413800221 (out of business hours)
Aldgate Oval Hall, Churinga Road Aldgate. Saturday 27 August from 10am. By Appointment only.
Megan Dansie 0413800221 (out of business hours) or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Role Name||Gender||Ethnicity||Age Range||Description|
|Edward Kynaston||Male||Any Ethnicity||25-30||20’s to mid 30s . The last male actor to play female roles in the Restoration.|
|Thomas Betterton||Male||Any Ethnicity||31-40||late 20’s to late 30s. A major actor of the Restoration.|
|Samuel Pepys.||Male||Any Ethnicity||41-50||40+. The famed diarist.|
|Villiars, Duke of Buckingham||Male||Any Ethnicity||31-40||25-45. A prominent aristocrat.|
|Maria||Female||Any Ethnicity||25-30||20’s. A seamstress at the theatre who ends up on the stage.|
|Lady Meresvale||Female||Any Ethnicity||31-40||20-40. A rich fan.|
|Miss Frayne||Female||Any Ethnicity||31-40||20-40. A rich fan.|
|Sir Charles Sedley.||Male||Any Ethnicity||41-50||A rich writer and fop. 35-55.|
|Margaret Hughes,||Female||Any Ethnicity||25-30||20s. The first actress|
|Charles II||Male||Any Ethnicity||31-40||30s. The King|
|Nell Gwynn,||Female||Any Ethnicity||15-17||stage age 15, but performer to be over 18. Cockney accent required.|
|Hyde||Male||Any Ethnicity||51-60||50- 65 . The Prime Minister.|