period: Stage Beauty – Nell Gwyn

Stage Beauty – Nell Gwyn

Set in the 1660s when London’s theatres only allowed male actors – including for the female roles. But then Maria Hughes, a female theatre dresser, creates a stir and sparks a revolution in seventeenth century theatre by playing Desedmona in Othello.

The King’s mistress, Nell Gwynn (Zoë Tapper), is instrumental in Charles II’s decision to allow actresses to portray female characters on the stage.

But, hang about, wasn’t Nell Gwynn an actress before she became the King’s mistress (and not even the first actress to be his mistress)? Oh, what the hell, it’s only a movie.

The makeup

Lisa Westcott was the hair & makeup designer.