Stage Beauty


1h 45m 2004

Brief Synopsis

It's the 1660s, and Edward 'Ned' Kynaston is England's most celebrated leading lady. Women are forbidden to appear on stage and Ned profits, using his beauty and skill to make the great female roles his own. But King Charles II is tired of seeing the same old performers in the same old tragedies.

Film Details

Also Known As
Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Complete Female State Beauty
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Kevin O'Shea
Distribution Company
Lionsgate
Location
London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Synopsis

It's the 1660s, and Edward 'Ned' Kynaston is England's most celebrated leading lady. Women are forbidden to appear on stage and Ned profits, using his beauty and skill to make the great female roles his own. But King Charles II is tired of seeing the same old performers in the same old tragedies. Since no one will take him up on his suggestion to improve Othello with a couple of good jokes, he decides to liven the royal palate by allowing real women to tread the boards. In a slightly less progressive spirit, he rules that men may no longer play women's parts. This is good news for the monarch's mistress, the saucy, stage-struck Nell Gwyn. It is also good news for Maria, Kynaston's lovelorn young dresser who has been secretly performing at a seedy tavern in lavish costumes borrowed from her employer. It is very bad news for Ned, who plummets from his exalted position as one of London's most desirable females to become a virtual nobody, virtually overnight. Cast out of the spotlight, Ned seems headed for burlesque obscurity until Maria, now a rising star, takes it upon herself to make a man of him again.

Crew

Christopher Ackland

Sound Effects Editor

Lucy Ainsworth-taylor

Visual Effects Producer

Nicolas Aithadi

3-D Artist

Geoffrey Alexander

Original Music

Jonathan Allen

Music Engineer

Tony Allen

Electrician

Joseph Alley

Carpenter

Tariq Anwar

Editor

Tariq Anwar

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Alexandra Arlango

Assistant

Vanessa Baker

Voice Casting

Philip Ball

Stand-In

Ben Barker

Foley Editor

Nicola Barnes

Researcher

Sebastian Barraclough

Video Assist/Playback

Steve Benelisha

Special Effects Technician

Les Benson

Propman

Beverly Binda

Makeup

Steve Boag

Titles

Peter Bond

Adr/Dialogue Editor

David Boulton

Adr Mixer

Brian Bovingdon

Carpenter

Harry Bowers

Loader

Sue Bradbury

Seamstress Supervisor

John Brien

Carpenter

Stuart Brisdon

Special Effects Supervisor

Anthony Brookman

Costumes

Gareth Bull

Foley Mixer

Martin Bullard

Titles

Sonny Burdis

Best Boy

Peter Burgis

Foley Artist

Jayne Buxton

Makeup

Paul Carpenter

Carpenter

Paul Carr

Adr Mixer

Matt Chisholm

Propman

Nadeem Chugtai

Scenic Artist

Ricky Churchouse

Electrician

Paul Clancy

Special Effects Technician

Megan Clark

Post-Production Supervisor

Jane Clarke

Storyboard Artist

Jim Clay

Production Designer

Colin Codner

Sound

Rachel Cohen

Executive Producer

Graham Cole

Carpenter

Peter Collins

Carpenter

Clive Coote

Photography

Sophie Cornet

Music Editor

Benjamin Croce

Camera Trainee

Chris Cullum

Medic

Martin Cunningham

Sound

Matt Curtis

Titles

Julie Dartnell

Makeup

Christopher Day

Rigging Gaffer

Robert De Niro

Producer

Tom Delmar

Stunt Coordinator

Steve Dent

Other

Andie Derrick

Foley Artist

Fayre Do's

Caterer

Graham Dollery

Driver

Brendan Donnison

Voice Casting

Thomas Doran

Stand-In

Michael Dreyer

Coproducer

Gill Ducker

Props Buyer

Andrew Dunn

Director Of Photography

Andrew Dunn

Camera Operator

Steve Dunn

Rigging Electrician

Steve Earner

Production Accountant

Jason Ellis

Camera Focus Puller

John Ensby

Film Lab

Richard Eyre

Executive Producer

George Fenton

Music

George Fenton

Music Composer

Michael Finlay

Painter

Gavin Fitch

Assistant Art Director

Robert Flint

Production

Celestia Fox

Casting Director

Collin Gallagher

Electrician

Kerrie Gant

Production

Sam Goldie

Loader

Oliver Goodier

Art Department

Heidi Gower

Office Runner

Sally Grace

Dialect Coach

Jim Greenhorn

Sound Mixer

Alan Grenham

Painter

Isobel Griffiths

Music Contractor

Georg Grohmann

Driver

Dave Gurney

Camera

Mark Haddenham

Special Effects Technician

Martin Harrison

Assistant Director

Steve Harrow

Production Consultant

Jeffrey Hatcher

Screenplay

Jeffrey Hatcher

Source Material

Tim Hatley

Costume Designer

Michael Hayes

Electrician

Ruth Hodgson

Other

Robert Hooker

Rigging Electrician

Vandra Howard

Costumes

Paul Humbles

Propman

Dave Humphries

Adr Mixer

Malcolm Huse

Key Grip

Barnaby Inman

Carpenter

Craig Irving

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Lee Isgar

Driver

John Ivall

Painter

Nicole Jacob

Music Coordinator

Joseph Jayawardena

Location Manager

Alex Johnson

Casting Director

Helen Johnson

Makeup

Karen Jones

Script Supervisor

Hardy Justice

Producer

Mark Keeling

Electrician

David Keen

Special Effects Technician

Mark Kenna

Consultant

Eddy Kolkiewicz

Negative Cutter

Kevin Kolovich

Assistant

Michael Kuhn

Executive Producer

Mark Lafbery

Adr Mixer

Douglas Larmour

Visual Effects Supervisor

Dave Lawson

Music Engineer

Gabrielle Le Rasle

Assistant Production Coordinator

Darren Leen

Driver

Amanda Leggatt

Art Assistant

Ronald Leighton

Carpenter

Jane Leonard

Costumes

Kevin Lloyd

Production

Dave Lowery

Carpenter

Claire Lundberg

Assistant

Cathal Macilwaine

Carpenter

Scarlett Mackmin

Choreographer

Amir Malin

Executive Producer

Tom Martin

Construction Manager

Fiona Mccann

Costumes

Philip Mcdonald

Property Master

James Mcgee

Production

John Mcgee

Carpenter

Finn Mcgrath

Assistant Director

Eamon Mcloughlin

Carpenter

Ronald Meeks

Rigging Electrician

Andy Middleton

Matte Painter

Sheila Fraser Milne

Other

Mark Milsome

Camera Operator

Mark Milsome

Camera Focus Puller

Steve Mitchard

Driver

Steve Mitchell

Scenic Artist

Lew Morgan

Security

Peter Mounsey

Painter

Neil Murrum

Propman

Onkar Narang

Lighting Technician

Barry O'brien

Carpenter

Roy O'brien

Carpenter

Kevin O'shea

Production Insurance

Caroline Olcesi

Costumes

David Otzen

Costumes

Caroline Oxley-mcleod

Medic

Craig Parratt

Carpenter

Janine Pauke

Matte Painter

Michael Pelham

Painter

Jason Phelps

Carpenter

Sam Phillips

Crane Grip

Emma De Polnay

Art Director

Tim Porter

Unit Production Manager

Nadine Powell

Costumes

Steve Price

Music Engineer

Sue Quinn

Location Manager

Khadeeja Rafique

Art Department

Charlene Richards

Adr Mixer

Malcolm Richie

Co-Executive Producer

Tommy Roberts

Painter

Zoe Robertson

Construction

Andy Robinson

Negative Cutter

Steve Rogers

Driver

Ray Rose

Props

Jane Rosenthal

Producer

Simon Sanderson

Office Runner

Simon Saunders

Driver

Georgina Sayer

Stand-In

Joan Schneider

Production Coordinator

Julian Scott

Digital Effects

Gordon Seed

Stunt Performer

Garth Sewell

Grip

James Shirras

Other

Bill Silcock

Music

Saska Simpson

Associate Editor

Keith Slote

Art Director

Caroline Smith

Set Decorator

David Smith

Gaffer

Dean Smith

Rigging Electrician

Lesley Smith

Makeup

Sally Jo Sousa

Animal Trainer

David Speirs

Driver

Jan Spoczynski

Art Director

David Stachini

Production

Richard Stachini

Production

John Stanborough

Grader

James D. Stern

Executive Producer

Chris Stoaling

Assistant Director

Jeff Sullivan

Painter

Matthew Symonds

Digital Effects Artist

Jill Tandy

Co-Executive Producer

Deborah Taylor

Makeup

Film Details

Also Known As
Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Complete Female State Beauty
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Kevin O'Shea
Distribution Company
Lionsgate
Location
London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall October 8, 2004

Released in United States October 15, 2004

Released in United States on Video March 8, 2005

Released in United States May 2004

Released in United States August 2004

Shown at Tribeca Film Festival (Closing Night) May 1-9, 2004.

Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival August 18-29, 2004

Released in United States Fall October 8, 2004

Released in United States October 15, 2004 (Los Angeles and San Francisco)

Released in United States on Video March 8, 2005

Released in United States May 2004 (Shown at Tribeca Film Festival (Closing Night) May 1-9, 2004.)

Released in United States August 2004 (Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival August 18-29, 2004)

Co-winner of the 2004 award for Special Recognition For Excellence In Filmmaking by the National Board of Review (NBR).