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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 11:31 am    Post subject: Cressida by Nicholas Wright  Reply with quote

Nicholas Wright's play CRESSIDA (2000) is set in the 1630s in the world of the Jacobean theatre, and very fascinating it is.  The chief character is John Shank, an actor of the King's Men, who trains boys to play female parts.  The play deals with his training of Stephen in the role of  Cressida in 'Troilus & Cressida.  We meet orher boy actors and managers and learn about the selling of these boys to other companies and the difficulties of making a living.  It's a lively play and takes us into a lost world which the author has researched very well.  I saw the original production of this play in which Michael Gambon played Shank.



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