You’re in for a treat this week if you head down to Newtown – a landmark play is performed there until Saturday 12th May, in the fabulously quirky venue that is Chester Little Theatre.
The play is April De Angelis’s “ Playhouse Creatures”, first performed twenty-five years ago by Sphinx Theatre Company, in Leicester.
It’s a landmark play in theatre because it’s set in 1669, when the Puritans had at last faded and the curly-wigged and pinkly- powdered Charles 2nd re-opened London theatres, allowing women on stage for the very first time.
“Playhouse Creatures” chronicles the story of five actresses (lusty wenches indeed), including the infamous Nell Gwyn and the aptly named Dot Common; whose monologues are some of the best in modern theatre.
De Angelis is part English, part Sicilian. She studied at the celebrated East 15 Acting School and Sussex Uni. She began her working life as an actress with the brilliantly named Monstrous Regiment Theatre Co. De Angelis now has an impressive list of her own plays, many performed at prestigious venues, e.g. the RSC, The Young Vic and The Royal Court London. You may remember her fabulous “ Jumpy!” at Theatr Clwyd in 2016.
Highly experienced Little Theatre director Margaret Bennett directs “Playhouse Creatures” with a talented all woman and varied ages cast. It’s bawdy and funny and it’s set backstage in dressing rooms of a London theatre in a world ripe with gossip and rivalries, corsets and petticoats. As with the best dramatic writing, it’s still relevant today!
Tickets from www.ticketsource.co.uk/chestertheatreclub are disappearing fast and furiously…so grab yours. And come down for some fun!