Playhouse Creatures

Written by April de Angelis
Directed for Actonians by Ann Aplin


The Action of the Play takes place in 1669, on and around the stage of the Kings Theatre, London.

This is an earthy, modern play about women who were breaking new ground. "Playhouse creatures they called you, like you was animals". These women, whose rebellion against or acceptance of their lot, will strike a chord with modern audiences; women who were actresses, fulfilled and only truly alive when on stage, or who used the stage as a stepping stone in their own careers.

During Cromwell's Commonwealth, plays were forbidden; and before that, women on stage were not acceptable; all parts for women were played by men. After the Restoration of Charles II, all that changed…


Doll Common Margaret Bulmer
Nell Gwyn Sarah McMahon
Mrs Farley Janet Wills
Mrs Betterton Pat Stimson
Mrs Marshall Lin Bowden
Stage Manager Steve Birch
Howard Taylor
Karen Duff
Prompt Angie Croome
Set Design Maureen Blake
Lighting Design Clive Leversha
Lighting Operation Bob Allen
Sound Pete Lawry
Sound Assistant Jamie McIver
Pat Stimson
Loretta Ogden Froud
Box Office
Donna Worrall
Gaynor Clark
Christine Rogers
Front of House
Mike Wills
Barrie Wright
Anne Chenery