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A gendered stage - Michael Caines - TLS

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  • Michael Robinson
    Gilli Bush-Bailey TREADING THE BAWDS Actresses and playwrights on the late-Stuart stage 226pp. Manchester University Press. £50. 0 7190 7250 6 Jean I. Marsden
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      Gilli Bush-Bailey
      TREADING THE BAWDS Actresses and playwrights on the late-Stuart stage
      226pp. Manchester University Press. £50.
      0 7190 7250 6
      Jean I. Marsden
      FATAL DESIRE Women, sexuality and the English stage, 1660–1720
      216pp. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. $45; distributed in the
      UK by Plymbridge. £25.50.
      0 8014 4447 0

      From Restoration gossip to twenty-first-century film, the story has
      survived that the Earl of Rochester bet he could turn the young
      Elizabeth Barry into a great actress, and won his wager. He
      accomplished this by making Barry rehearse a part up to thirty times,
      going into every detail of her character's speeches; and it may be
      assumed that there was a sexual element to this pedagogy, because the
      actress later bore her tutor a daughter, in 1677. As the recent film
      of Stephen Jeffreys's play, The Libertine, makes clear, the
      Restoration stage would never have had its Shakespearean heroines well
      acted without the critical interventions of the good Earl.

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      http://tls.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,25352-2617402,00.html
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