Of vital importance to the development of English drama was the entrance of the first actresses upon the English stage.  April De Angelis has taken five actresses – Nell Gwynn, Elizabeth Farley, Rebecca Marshall, Doll Common and Mary Betterton – and given us a fascinating look at the precarious lot of actresses in the Restoration period.

The play is set in the late 1660s, when theatres were re-opened after 17 years of Puritan suppression and the first English actresses were allowed on stage.  The action takes place in the dressing-room, on stage and in the street outside.

A moving and often comic account of a true story, with comedy, pathos and vulgar slang.


Remember to check the ‘Art in the Bar’ page to find out which local artist is exhibiting in our bar gallery during this show.

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Director Kate Fysh
Assistant Director Di Evans
Mrs Betterton Fiona Gwinnett
Mrs Farley Rebecca Brough
Doll Common Helen Clinton-Pacey
Mrs Marshall Maria Wilkinson
Nell Gwyn Susan Simpson