Playhouse Creatures

Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  5w

"Flesh and blood heroines... move and inspire... a few more female role models stamped firmly on your heart." - Time Out

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
  • Suggested Use
    • UIL Approved
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)



The year is 1669 a bawdy and troublesome time. Theaters 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.

Please note that there are two versions of this play: The Samuel French Acting edition is the original 1993 version with a cast of five women. We also license the 1997 revised version with three additional characters including The Earl of Rochester and Otway; a cast of 2M and 6F.  Please note on application if you wish to present this version. The revised text is available to purchase on our website in the volume April de Angelis Plays 1, published by Faber. 

Cast Attributes
  • Time Period 17th Century
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes


"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

"An immense talent and witty sensitive dialogue...Thoroughly entertaining." - Tribune

Licensing & Materials

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April De Angelis

April De Angelis is an acclaimed writer whose extensive theatre work includes After Electra (Theatre Royal Plymouth and Tricycle Theatre 2015); Rune (New Vic Theatre Stoke 2015); Gastronauts (Royal Court Upstairs, 2013); Jumpy (Royal Court 2011 and Duke of York’s Theatre 2012 ...
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