Saddleworth Players

Playhouse Creatures

Feb 2–9, 2019

Sponsored by Roy Carey Bespoke Windows. 01457 875047

by April de Angelis

Photography exhibition: Stuart Coleman

The year is 1669 a bawdy and troublesome time. Theatres have just reopened after seventeen years of Puritan suppression. There is a surge in dramatic writing and the first English actresses appear on stage. Playhouse Creatures focuses on five of the most famous (Nell Gwyn, Elizabeth Farley, Rebecca Marshall, Doll Common and Mary Betterton) to provide a moving and often comic account of the precarious lives of Restoration actresses.