Stage Beauty

Stage Beauty

2004 • R • Drama, Romance

“A woman playing a woman. Where's the trick in that?”

WHY WE PICKED IT: Equal parts bawdy comedy and period drama, this surprising romance hinges on the skillful gender role-playing of Billy Crudup.

In 17th century Britain, women are forbidden on the stage, leaving Edward 'Ned' Kynaston to become the country’s most celebrated leading lady. Until, that is, a fun-loving King Charles II lifts the ban on female performers, and Ned, who is most comfortable playing a women onstage and off, becomes a nonentity overnight, while his ex-dresser, Maria, who has been secretly performing at seed taverns for some time, steps into the spotlight with the help of her former employer.

DIRECTOR: Richard Eyre

CAST: Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Rupert Everett, Derek Hutchinson, Tom Wilkinson

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Stage Beauty
  • Stage Beauty

    2004 • R • Drama, Romance

    “A woman playing a woman. Where's the trick in that?”

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Equal parts bawdy comedy and period drama, this surprising romance hinges on the skillful gender role-playing of Billy Crudup.

    In 17th century Britain, women are forbidden on the stage, lea...