The Compleat Female Stage Beauty

Opened 17 Oct 2013
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London, 1661. The reign of Charles II, the womanising, dashing, Merry Monarch. After decades of Puritan austerity, crowds flock to playhouses to see the sensation of the age: an actress of exquisite beauty, charm, and talent. Her name is Edward Kynaston. Kynaston ?Ned' reigned supreme as the foremost interpreter of female roles, unecplipsed, until a young orange-seller with royal connections set her cap on a stage career and Charles II, with the stroke of a pen, changed the law to allow women to act. Set in the theatres of Restoration London, Mappa Mundi's latest show is a colourful exploration of the rise of the Actress in British history.