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Stage Beauty

Synopsis
Feature film. London in the 1660s, and a declaration from King Charles II (Rupert Everett) legalising female actors puts the girl-boy specialist Ned Kynaston (Billy Crudup) out of a job. His former dresser and aspiring actress Maria (Claire Danes) now becomes a star while Kynaston is reduced to appearing in dingy drag clubs. Maria asks Kynaston to coach her and they make a triumphant comeback in a production of Othello. A heavy handed, and unsubtle romp described by critic Philip French as ‘Tootsie with a periwig and without the jokes’.
Language
English
Country
Germany; Great Britain; United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2004
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
gender representation; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); All-male casts; Elizabethan stage

Credits

Director
Richard Eyre
Producer
Hardy Justice; Jane Rosenthal; Robert De Niro
Cinematographer
Andrew Dunn
Screenplay
Jeffery Hatcher
Music
George Fenton
Costume
Tim Hatley
Art Direction
Jan Spoczynski; Keith Slote
Cast
Billy Crudup 
Claire Danes 
Rupert Everett 

Production Company

Name

Tribeca

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