Beauty's rich past
MAPPA Mundi's new production The Complete Female Stage Beauty is set in the theatre-world of London shortly after the return to power of the monarchy in 1660.
The Restoration of Charles II, following decades of puritan austerity, was a time of new-found confidence and exuberance, a period of innovation and change.
"I like directing period pieces," says director Lloyd Llewellyn–Jones of the challenges of tackling a specific time.
"I love history and I enjoy the process of making history into a 3D experience — admittedly it is not history as lived, but a reading of the past which I'm creating.
"I hope the audience enjoy the experience of taking a glimpse into the theatrical past, and I really hope they'll empathise with the rich and nuanced characters who populate the drama: this is very much a human drama full of raw emotions. It's also a great story, very compelling and very absorbing. Once they know it's a true story too, then the experience just gets better!"