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Playhouse Creatures

by April De Angelis


16th - 21st February 2015


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.




'Playhouse Creatures' at the Little Theatre Gateshead, February 2015


"With delicious absurd extracts from the heroic repertory and frantic dressing room scenes, the prevailing tone is comic but you are not allowed to forget the gutter waiting to reclaim these glittering figures." - Independent on Sunday


"Flesh and blood heroines...move and inspire...a few more female role models stamped firmly on your heart." - Time Out "An immense talent and witty sensitive dialogue...


Thoroughly entertaining." - Tribune.


Contains strong language and adult themes.


Diane Girdlestone

Sandra Bones

Samantha Hutton

Jenni Craig

Elaine Wilson

Production team

Stage Manager

Set Design & Construction



Lighting set

Lighting operate

Sound set

Sound operate




Directed by

Peter Mitchell

Pat Campbell, Gordon Dunlop, Gavin Jaques & George Marvin

Maureen Duffy & Marie Brown

Don Walker

Mike Keir

Alan Bell

Dan Wilde

Sue Clark

Bryony Taylor & Gill Parry

Dawn Bell


John Woods

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