The Compleat Female Stage Beauty 2013

The Compleat Female Stage Beauty

By Jeffrey Hatcher


UK TOUR 26 September – 24 November 2013

Directed by Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited

London, 1661. The reign of Charles II, the womanising, dashing, Merry Monarch. The age of Pepys and Purcell; the age of wit and satire; the age of debauchery and ribaldry. After decades of Puritan austerity, the playhouses have opened their doors again and crowds flock to see the sensation of the age: an actress of exquisite beauty and charm as well as taste and talent. Her name is Edward Kynaston.

At a time when all performers on London’s stages were men, it was Kynaston – ‘Ned’- who reigned supreme as the foremost interpreter of female roles, applauded and lauded onstage and off for his versions of Shakespeare’s tragic heroines.

Nothing can eclipse Ned’s brilliant domination of the stage. Nothing, that is, until a young orange-seller with royal connections also sets her cap on a stage career. For the sake of his ‘pretty, witty’ Nell Gwynne, Charles II, with the stroke of a pen, changes the law to allow women to act, and Kynaston’s world is turned upside-down.

Based on a true story, The Compleat Female Stage Beauty is a perfect vehicle for Mappa Mundi’s vibrant, energetic, and irreverent style. Set in the courts, brothels, and theatres of Restoration London, and peopled with well known characters, the play is an insightful exploration of the construction of gender, past and present, as well as a funny and colourful exploration of the rise of the Actress in British history.


Suitable for ages 16+

“absolutely spellbinding from start to finish. Your players are worthy of any stage anywhere”

Audience members June and Brian Ide

Tour Venues

26 – 28      Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan

2     Coliseum, Aberdare

3 – 5     Royal Welsh College of Music , Cardiff

9     Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

10 & 11     Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea

12     The Lyric, Carmarthen

15     Galeri Caernarfon

16     Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli

17     Theatr Hafren, Newtown

18     Aberystwyth Arts Centre

22     Blackwood Miners Institute

23     Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl

24     The Welfare, Ystradgynlais

25 & 26     Borough Theatre, Abergavenny

29 & 30     Torch Theatre, Milford Haven


2     Cornerstone, Didcot

13 & 14     Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

15     Strule Arts Centre, Omagh

18 & 19     Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

23 & 24     Gulbenkian, Canterbury

“Compleat Stage Assurance – the production has a full-blooded sweep and verve to it”

Adam Somerset for Theatre In Wales website

Cast / Y Gast

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Francois Pandolfo

Edward Kynaston

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Lynne Seymour

Margaret Hughes

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Keiron Self

Sir Charles Sedley


Richard Nichols

Charles II


Liam Tobin

Thomas Betterton

Rhys Downing

Rhys Downing

Duke of Buckingham


Mali Tudno Jones

Nell Gwynn

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Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

Samuel Pepys

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Polly Kilpatrick 

Lady Mersesvale

Creative Team

Director / Designer


Set Designer

Lighting Designer

Company Stage Manager

Costume Supervisor

Wardrobe Manager

Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

Peter Knight

Carl Davies

Ceri James

Brenda Knight

Sadie Highgate

Danial Thatcher

Wedi ei noddi’n rhannol gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru a Llywodraeth Cymru, a’r Loteri Genedlaethol.

Supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the National Lottery.