Stage Beauty

Stage Beauty

DVD - 2005
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Welcome to the 17th century stage, where Ned Kynaston's performance of Desdemona in Shakespeare's 'Othello' brings the house down nightly. Ned is the "most beautiful woman on the London stage". That is, until the King renounces the royal edict that only men can play women on stage. Enter Maria, Ned's seemingly loyal dresser, who becomes an instant star, leaving Ned to suppress his ardent feminine traits and make a man of himself.


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Jun 23, 2016

Nice romance, and even a bit of a point.

Jun 09, 2015

A surprising good film. Interesting and entertaining about an actor playing the role of a woman. When Charles II allows women to act, Ned loses his identity.

riverdalite Aug 06, 2014

Interesting, entertaining and well done. Believe it may be my first film with Billy Crudup. He and Claire Danes were wonderful.

May 23, 2013

Loved this. Wonderful love story and acting story from an excellent playwright; was amazing to see in extra features how he turned a dark and unknown part of stage history into a fantastical discovery of method acting...he admits it's a complete fiction, but it works because the characters and their stories work. I never get tired of this, no matter how often I watch it.

May 04, 2010

This was alright, nothing that I would rush out and buy my own copy of or even recommend as a Must-See film. But it was entertaining and had a nice build up to the climax at the end.


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nadian Apr 27, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

nadian Apr 27, 2008

Coarse Language: Sexual and offensive used throughout film

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KHaney Mar 19, 2008

Based in the 1660's of London's theatres, 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 homosexual 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 male co-actor. 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


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