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A female theatre dresser creates a stir and sparks a revolution in seventeenth century London theatre by playing Desdemona in Othello. But what will become of the male actor she once worked... See more »

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Stage Manager
Mark Letheren ...
Male Emilia / Dickie
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Maria Hughes
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Ned Kynaston
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Thomas Betterton
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George Villiers II - Duke of Buckingham
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Samuel Pepys
Jack Kempton ...
Call Boy
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Miss Frayne
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Lady Meresvale
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Harry
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Nick
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Thomas Cockerell
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Sir Charles Sedley
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Nell Gwynn
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King Charles II
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Sir Edward Hyde
Robin Dunn ...
Butler
Isabella Calthorpe ...
Lady Jane Bellamy
Andy Merchant ...
1st Thug
John Street ...
2nd Thug
John Tannen ...
3rd Thug
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Sir Peter Lely
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Mrs. Barry
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Mistress Revels
Madeleine Worrall ...
Female Emilia
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Courtier (uncredited)
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Angelina Hooker (uncredited)
David Decio ...
Sir Peter Lelys Painter Pupil (uncredited)
James Dodd ...
Maria's Dresser (uncredited)
Ray Donn ...
Thug (uncredited)
Joyia Fitch ...
Female Bianca (uncredited)
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Cassio (uncredited)
Joe Gunn ...
Chimney Sweeper (uncredited)
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Auditioning Actress (uncredited)

Directed by

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Richard Eyre

Written by

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Jeffrey Hatcher ... (play "Compleat Female Stage Beauty")
 
Jeffrey Hatcher ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Rachel Cohen ... executive producer
Robert De Niro ... producer
Michael Dreyer ... co-producer
Richard Eyre ... executive producer
Hardy Justice ... producer
Michael Kuhn ... executive producer
Amir Jacob Malin ... executive producer (as Amir Malin)
Malcolm Ritchie ... co-executive producer
Jane Rosenthal ... producer
James D. Stern ... executive producer
Jill Tandy ... co-executive producer

Music by

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George Fenton

Cinematography by

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Andrew Dunn ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Tariq Anwar

Editorial Department

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Paul Ensby ... colorist
Steve Harrow ... post-production consultant
Eddy Kolkiewicz ... negative cutter
Andy Robinson ... negative cutter
Julian Scott ... off-line auto conform: Cine Image
Saska Simpson ... associate editor
John Stanborough ... color grader

Casting By

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Celestia Fox

Production Design by

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Jim Clay

Art Direction by

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Keith Slote
Jan Spoczynski

Set Decoration by

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Caroline Smith

Costume Design by

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Tim Hatley

Makeup Department

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Roz Abery ... makeup artist: dailies
Beverley Binda ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Jayne Buxton ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Karen Cohen ... hair artist / makeup artist
Julie Dartnell ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Nathaniel De'Lineadeus ... dental FX design and manufacture
Amanda Green ... hair stylist: daily crowd / makeup artist: daily crowd
Helen Johnson ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Chris Lyons ... special effects teeth
Lesley Smith ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Deborah Taylor ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Lisa Westcott ... hair designer / makeup designer
Jeanette Redmond ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Meg Clark ... post-production supervisor
Tim Porter ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Tariq Anwar ... second unit director
Natalie Beer ... additional assistant director
Martin Harrison ... first assistant director
Finn McGrath ... second assistant director
Chris Stoaling ... crowd assistant director
Charlie Waller ... third assistant director

Art Department

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Joe Alley ... carpenter
Nicola Barnes ... art department researcher
Les Benson ... dressing props
Brian Bovingdon ... carpenter
Peter Brown ... supervising carpenter
Paul Carpenter ... carpenter
Graham Caulfield ... drapesman
Matt Chisholm ... dressing props
Nadeem Chughtai ... scenic artist
Jane Clark ... storyboard artist
Graham Cole ... supervising carpenter
Peter Collins ... carpenter
Amanda Dazely ... art department runner (as Amanda Leggatt)
Emma de Polnay ... stand-by art director (as Emma de Polnay)
Gill Ducker ... production buyer
Michael Finlay ... supervising painter
Gavin Fitch ... assistant art director
Robbie Flynt ... stand-by stagehand (as Robbie Flint)
Oliver Goodier ... draughtsperson
Alan Grenham ... supervising painter
Paul Humbles ... stand-by props
Barnaby Inman ... carpenter (as Barney Inman)
Jonathan Ivall ... painter (as John Ivall)
David Jones ... chargehand stagehand
Jesse Jones ... drapesmaster
Ronald Leighton ... carpenter
Kevin Lloyd ... stagehand
David Lowery ... supervising carpenter
Cathal MacIlwaine ... stand-by carpenter
Tom Martin ... construction manager (as Thomas Martin) / construction manager
Philip McDonald ... property master (as Phillip McDonald)
James McGee ... stagehand
John McGee ... carpenter
Eamon McLoughlin ... supervising carpenter
Steve Mitchell ... scenic artist
Peter Mounsey ... painter
Neil Murrum ... dressing props
Barry O'Brien ... carpenter
John O'Brien ... hod carpenter
Roy O'Brien ... trainee carpenter
Craig Parratt ... carpenter
Michael Pelham ... painter
Jason Phelps ... carpenter
Khadeeja Rafique ... draughtsperson
Tom Roberts ... stand-by painter (as Tommy Roberts)
Zoe Robertson ... construction buyer
Ray Rose ... props storeman
Dave Stachini ... chargehand stagehand
Richard Stachini ... stagehand
Jeff Sullivan ... painter
Paul Turner ... stand-by props
Clive Ward ... hod painter
Paul Webb ... carpenter
Stephen Weston ... wood machinist
Matt Whelan ... carpenter (as Matthew Whelan)
Derek Whorlow ... supervising stagehand
Rohan Harris ... props (uncredited)
Louis Turner ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Christopher Ackland ... sound effects editor
Tariq Anwar ... dialogue editor
Ben Barker ... foley editor
Peter Bond ... dialogue editor
David Boulton ... adr mixer
Gareth Bull ... foley mixer
Peter Burgis ... foley artist
Paul Carr ... adr mixer
Derek Casari ... adr engineer
Colin Codner ... sound maintenance
Martin Cunningham ... sound assistant
Andie Derrick ... foley artist (as Andi Derrick)
Jim Greenhorn ... production sound mixer
Nigel Heath ... adr recordist
Dave Humphries ... adr mixer (as David Humphries)
Craig Irving ... re-recording mixer
Mark Kenna ... consultant: Dolby sound
Mark Lafbery ... adr mixer
Charleen Richards ... adr mixer (as Charleen Richards-Steeves)
Martyn Sutton ... sound assistant
Ian Tapp ... foley recordist
Andy Walker ... dialogue editor
Christopher Wilson ... re-recording mixer (as Chris Wilson)

Special Effects by

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Steve Benelisha ... assistant special effects technician
Stuart Brisdon ... special effects supervisor
Paul Clancy ... special effects senior technician
Mark Haddenham ... special effects senior technician
Dave Keen ... special effects senior technician (as David Keen)
Matthew Roberts ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor ... visual effects producer: MPC
Nicolas Aithadi ... 3D artist: MPC
Steve Boag ... digital title supervisor: Cine Image
Martin Bullard ... optical supervisor: titles, Cine Image
Michael Elson ... head of production: MPC
Dave Gurney ... optical camera: Cine Image
Douglas Larmour ... visual effects supervisor: MPC (as Doug Larmour)
Michelle Martin ... visual effects coordinator
Andy Middleton ... digital matte painter: MPC
Janine Pauke ... digital matte painter: MPC
Matthew Symonds ... digital compositing: titles, Cine Image
Simon Wicker ... senior digital matte painter: MPC

Stunts

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Tom Delmar ... stunt coordinator
Gordon Seed ... stunt performer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Antony Allen ... electrician (as Anthony Allen)
Sebastian Barraclough ... video assist operator (as Seb Barraclough)
Ian Barwick ... electrician
Harry Bowers ... clapper loader: "a" camera
Sonny Burdis ... best boy
Ricky Churchouse ... electrician
Clive Coote ... still photographer
Benjamin Croce ... camera trainee
Chris Day ... rigging gaffer
Warwick Drucker ... additional grip
Andrew Dunn ... camera operator: "a" camera
Steve Dunn ... rigger
Jason Ellis ... focus puller: "b" camera
Colin Gallagher ... electrician
Sam Goldie ... clapper loader: "b" camera
Michael Hayes ... electrician
Robert Hooker ... stand-by rigger: Kingston-Upon-Thames & North Yorkshire (as Rob Hooker)
Malcolm Huse ... key grip
Mark Keeling ... electrician
Alison Lai ... clapper loader: dailies
Ronald Meeks ... h.o.d. rigger (as Ron Meeks)
Mark Milsome ... camera operator: "c" camera / focus puller: "a" camera
Onx Narang ... dimmer operator (as Onkar Narang)
Sam Phillips ... crane grip
Darren Piercy ... crane technician
Garth Sewell ... grip
David Smith ... gaffer
Gerry Vasbenter ... camera operator: "b" camera / steadicam operator
Andrew Watson ... rigging gaffer
Peter Wing ... practical electrician

Casting Department

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Vanessa Baker ... adr voice casting
Brendan Donnison ... adr voice casting
Alex Johnson ... assistant casting director

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sue Bradbear ... costume maker
Sue Bradbury ... seamstress
Anthony Brookman ... costume assistant
Sally Cairney ... costume assistant
Vandra Howard ... stand-by costumer
Jane Leonard ... stand-by costumer
Fiona McCann ... costume buyer
Caroline Olcesi ... costume assistant
David Otzen ... stand-by costumer
Nadine Powell ... costume trainee
Jackie Thomas ... costume assistant (as Jacky Thomas)
Caroline Waterman ... assistant costume designer
Hilary Watson ... wardrobe mistress
Robert Worley ... costume design assistant
Diane Wren ... costume assistant (as Dianne Wren)
Allison Wyldeck ... costume supervisor
Celia Yau ... costume assistant

Location Management

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Joseph Jayawardena ... location unit manager
Lew Morgan ... location security
Sue Quinn ... location manager
Aurelia Thomas ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Geoff Alexander ... orchestrator (as Geoffrey Alexander)
Jonathan Allen ... music recording engineer: Abbey Road Studios
Mark Berrow ... musician: violin
Rachel Bolt ... viola
Sophie Cornet ... music editor
Isobel Griffiths ... musicians contractor
Nicole Jacob ... music coordinator
David Lawson ... music programmer
Steve Price ... music recording engineer: Angel recording Studios
Bill Silcock ... music preparation
Bruce White ... musician: viola
Gavyn Wright ... orchestra leader

Transportation Department

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Graham Dolloery ... driver: minibus (as Graham Dollery)
Georg Grohmann ... driver: Mr. Wilkinson (as George Grohman)
Lee Isgar ... unit driver
Steve Mitchard ... driver: Mr. Eyre
Steve Rogers ... unit driver
Simon Saunders ... unit driver
David Speirs ... driver: Mr. Crudup
Darren Leen ... driver: Claire Danes (uncredited)

Other crew

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Alexandra Arlango ... assistant: Michael Kuhn
Geraldine Atlee ... representative: Qwerty Films
Philip Ball ... utility stand-in
Michael Barnes ... financial legal services
Alan M. Brunswick ... legal counsel: US, Manatt Phelps & Phillips (as Alan Brunswick)
Kofi Burke ... production accountant: Qwerty Films
Richards Butler ... legal services
Kathryn Craig ... head of legal and business affairs: Qwerty Films
Chris Cullum ... health and safety officer
Matt Curtis ... title designer
Steve Dent ... carriages
Thomas Doran ... stand-in: Mr. Crudup
Stephen Earner ... assistant production accountant
John Ensby ... laboratory contact
Kerrie Gant ... client liaison: Cine Image
Heidi Gower ... floor runner
Sally Grace ... additional dialect coach
Andrew Hildebrand ... representative: Qwerty Films
Ruth Hodgson ... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Karen Jones ... script supervisor
Kevin Kolovich ... accounting assistant
Lisa Koven ... legal counsel: US, Manatt Phelps & Phillips
David Lawson ... programmer
Gabby Le Rasle ... assistant production coordinator
Claire Lundberg ... assistant: Mr. Justice
Scarlett Mackmin ... choreographer
Charles McDonald ... unit publicist: McDonald & Rutter
Christos Michaels ... business & legal affairs: Icon Entertainment International
Tory Michaels ... legal services
Liz Miller ... unit publicist: McDonald & Rutter
Sheila Fraser Milne ... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Sarah Nuttall ... representative: Qwerty Films
Kevin O'Shea ... insurance services: AON/Albert G. Ruben
Caroline Oxley-Mcleod ... unit nurse: Lake District
Richard Philipps ... legal services
Pete Price ... production assistant
Jurgen Proschinger ... finance manager: Qwerty Films
Simon Sanderson ... production runner
George Sayer ... stand-in: Ms. Danes (as Georgiana Sayer)
Joan Schneider ... production coordinator
James Shirras ... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Sally Jo Sousa ... trainer: Spaniel (as Sally Sousa)
Katharine Tidy ... home economist
Dianne Twiddy ... production accountant
Joan Washington ... dialect coach
Colleen Woodcock ... representative: Qwerty Films
Mark Woolley ... chief financial officer: Qwerty Films
Tonia Wright ... assistant: Michael Dreyer and Richard Eyre
Andrew Golov ... studio executive (uncredited)
Sally Jo Sousa ... animal coordinator (uncredited)
Cathy Ziehl ... studio coordinator (uncredited)

Thanks

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Fabrizio Caracciolo ... thanks
Jane Hawley ... special thanks
Ed Herendeen ... special thanks
Jamie Laurenson ... special thanks
Marc Masterson ... special thanks
Jeffrey Morby ... special thanks
Tracey Scoffield ... special thanks
Nicholas Wright ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Based in the 1660's of London's theaters, this film is about the rules of gender roles in theatre production, and means to change them for everyone's benefit. Ned Kynaston is the assumedly gay cross-dressing actor who has been playing female parts in plays for years, particularly Desdemona in Othello, he also has a close relationship with a member of the Royal Court, the Duke of Buckingham. One day however, the rules of only men playing women could change when aspiring actress Maria auditions as Kynaston's praised role, Desdemona, and soon enough, King Charles II decides to make the law that all female roles should be played only by women. Maria becomes a star, while Ned finds himself out of work. But after a while, Ned finds it in his nature to forgive Maria's aspiration, they may even fall in love, and Charles may proclaim women will be played by either gender. Written by Jackson Booth-Millard

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Taglines She was the first of her kind. He was the last of his. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Compleat Female Stage Beauty (United Kingdom)
  • Belleza prohibida (Spain)
  • Królowa sceny (Poland)
  • Nőies játékok (Hungary)
  • Sahne güzeli (Turkey, Turkish title)
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Runtime
  • 106 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP128,035, 05 Sep 2004

Did You Know?

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Trivia Claire Danes and Billy Crudup became a couple after the filming of this movie. Crudup left his long-time girlfriend Mary-Louise Parker for Danes. See more »
Goofs The word "fan" (short for "fanatic"), meaning an enthusiastic admirer, was not used in this sense until the late 18th century. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Billy Crudup (2004). See more »
Quotes King Charles II: Why shouldn't we have women on stage? After all, the French have been doing it for years.
Sir Edward Hyde: Whenever we're about to do something truly horrible, we always say that the French have been doing it for years.
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