Stage Beauty (2004)

Stage Beauty (2004)

Director Richard Eyre

Writer Jeffrey Hatcher (play), Jeffrey Hatcher (screenplay)

Genre Drama

Year 2004

Actors Derek Hutchinson, Mark Letheren, Claire Danes, Billy Crudup

IMDB : 7.2 (8,870 votes)


Description Based in the 1660's of London's theaters, this film is about the rules of gender roles in theatre production, and means to change them for everyone's benefit. Ned Kynaston is the assumedly gay cross-dressing actor who has been playing female parts in plays for years, particularly Desdemona in Othello, he also has a close relationship with a member of the Royal Court, the Duke of Buckingham. One day however, the rules of only men playing women could change when aspiring actress Maria auditions as Kynaston's praised role, Desdemona, and soon enough, King Charles II decides to make the law that all female roles should be played only by women. Maria becomes a star, while Ned finds himself out of work. But after a while, Ned finds it in his nature to forgive Maria's aspiration, they may even fall in love, and Charles may proclaim women will be played by either gender.


  • hello fellas 2017-03-15 03:24:47
    this film is exquisite...
  • Juonithz Ramos 2016-10-04 17:03:22
    That ending stage scene is riveting. I didn't want to blink for fear of missing any small detail or nuance.
  • grace3726 2016-08-14 20:20:08
    @ShamanPredator I totally agree with you!
  • Айдана Сабденова 2016-05-24 18:25:54
    love this film!
  • Lynn Neumann - Music Composer 2014-05-13 14:05:29
    I can't believe I've never heard of this film until now.  It appears to be very good.  Can't wait to watch it.  :)
  • Professor Taboo 2013-03-11 20:32:47
    I have never been so GLUED to the screen as I was at the end of the movie! It literally stole every breath I had. I was unable to gasp because I was dying to know whether she/he were "acting" or......well, I won't spoil it for you. Wow.
  • fruity2dots 2012-05-02 21:19:40
    I want to watch!!!
  • yaler94 2012-04-22 20:48:13
    This looks like a good movie!!!

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