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Stage Beauty
- Billy Crudup

Overview - Billy Crudup and Claire Danes give extraordinary performances in Richard Eyre's STAGE BEAUTY, set in Restoration England in the 1660s. After Oliver Cromwell's 18-year ban on stage productions, King Charles II took the throne and encouraged the return of the theater; however, women were not permitted to act, so men had to play the female roles.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Billy Crudup and Claire Danes give extraordinary performances in Richard Eyre's STAGE BEAUTY, set in Restoration England in the 1660s. After Oliver Cromwell's 18-year ban on stage productions, King Charles II took the throne and encouraged the return of the theater; however, women were not permitted to act, so men had to play the female roles. In STAGE BEAUTY, Crudup stars as Ned Kynaston, the biggest star of the day, wowing audiences as Desdemona in Shakespeare's OTHELLO. The gorgeous actor's dresser, Maria (whose full name is Margaret Hughes), is not only deeply devoted to Kynaston, she is also in love with him and the theater, so much so that after his performance, she runs to the nearby Cockpit Tavern to play Desdemona herself, even though it is against the law. All the while, diarist Samuel Pepys (Hugh Bonneville) scribbles notes on all that is going on around him, detailing the transition from the last great male actor playing female roles to the first great female actress to take the stage in England. Reminiscent of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (in fact, the excellent Tom Wilkinson plays a theater owner in both films), STAGE BEAUTY features a splendid supporting cast, including Rupert Everett as Charles II, Zoe Tapper as his mistress Nell Gwyn, Ben Chaplin as the bisexual Duke of Buckingham, and Richard Griffiths as Sir Charles Sedley, who takes Hughes under his wing. STAGE BEAUTY is a treat for lovers of Shakespeare and the craft of acting, as the competition--and possible romance--between Kynaston and Hughes leads to a deep examination of character, personality, loyalty, and love.

Cast List

Ben Chaplin - British Actor
Richard Eyre - British Director
Jane Rosenthal
Billy Crudup - Actor
Claire Danes - American Actress, LITTLE WOMEN (1994)
Richard Griffiths - British Character Actor
Hugh Bonneville - Actor
George Fenton - Composer
Robert De Niro - Oscar Winning Actor/Director/Producer
Robert DeNiro - Oscar Winning Actor/Director/Producer
Rachel Cohen - Executive Producer, STAGE BEAUTY (2004)
Claire Higgins
Michael Kuhn - Executive Producer, THE ORDER (2003)
Jeffrey Hatcher - Screenwriter, STAGE BEAUTY (2004)
Amir Malin - Executive Producer, STAGE BEAUTY (2004)
Andrew Dunn - American Cinematographer
Tom Wilkinson - British Actor
Rupert Everett - British Actor
Edward Fox - British Actor
Hardy Justice - Producer, STAGE BEAUTY (2004)
James D. Stern - Producer/Director, MICHAEL JORDAN TO THE MAX (2000)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 109
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 012236173106
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (sexual content and language)
  • Release Date: February 2013

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Stage Play
Theatrical Release
Shakespeare
Actors

 
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THEATRICAL RELEASE: OCTOBER 8, 2004 (NY) OCTOBER 15, 2004 (EXPANDS)

Reviews:
"Danes and Crudup kick up sparks in their scenes together, and Eyre wins you over with an energetic mix of bawdy humour and quick-fire wit." - 10/01/2004 Uncut, p.142


"Crudup's feline beauty -- melancholy cheekbones, eyes jaded with hurt and mischief -- is interestingly cast against Dane's husky voice and strong features." - 10/01/2004 Sight and Sound, p.67-8


"Crudup and Danes display a palpable chemistry..." - 10/15/2004 New York Times, p.E1


"[D]irector Richard Eyre and writer Jeffery Hatcher, who wrote the source play, obviously know the milieu." - 10/15/2004 USA Today, p.4E


"Expertly directed....The film is bawdy fun....Crudup and Danes pair up beautifully..." - 10/28/2004 Rolling Stone, p.108


"[T]he film is a juicy evocation of a crucial turning point in theatrical history and a fascinating study in the complexity of sexual identity." - 10/01/2004 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.116-18


"Director Richard Eyre ably intertwines ideas about identity, love, and artifice with witty quips and fierce acting..." - 03/29/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.86

 
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