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Story

Set in the 1660's at a time when in live theatre women's roles were played by men, Edward 'Ned' Kynaston (Crudup) is England's most celebrated leading lady, using his beauty and skill to make the great female roles his own. But when Charles II is tired of seeing the same old performers, the ruler allows real women to tread the boards and men may no longer play women's parts. Ned becomes a virtual nobody, virtually overnight and seems headed for suicide till his ex-dresser turned actress Maria (Danes) takes it upon herself to make a man of him again.

DVD Features

  • Backstage Beauty: Behind the scenes vignettes with interviews of the cast and crew.
  • Director Commentary
  • Trailers

Cast

Claire DanesMaria Hughes
Billy CrudupNed Kynaston
Tom WilkinsonThomas Betterton
Ben ChaplinGeorge Villiers II
Hugh BonnevilleSamuel Pepys
Alice EveMiss Frayne
Fenella WoolgarLady Meresvale
David WestheadHarry
Stephen MarcusThomas Cockerell
Richard GriffithsSir Charles Sedley
Zoë TapperNell Gwynn
Rupert EverettKing Charles II
Edward FoxSir Edward Hyde
Tom HollanderSir Peter Lely

  • Genre: Romance Movies
  • Director: Richard Eyre
  • Producer: Lions Gate Entertainment
  • Length: 109 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.78:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 8, 2004
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 8, 2005
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