Saturday, June 27, 2015

Crossdressing Boys

This is a scrapbook from the 1920s of press clippings made by The Art Theatre Company about their productions at that period. There are several pages devoted to their production of a new play by George Moore called "The Making of an Immortal", a play about Shakespeare, so far so straightforward. My eye was drawn to the image at the bottom of the page though in which we see three boys dressed as women, to play the women's parts in the play, as in Elizabethan theatre. It can't surely be the last time that boys played the women's parts on the West End stage... but it might be close!

1 comment:

kdd said...

Although at The Globe not the West End, the actor and singer Johnny Flynn has played both Lady Anne in Richard III and Viola in Twelth Night.

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