Sunday, January 20, 2013
What I'm Reading
A biography of Charlotte Charke, famed cross dressing actress of the eighteenth century stage in London. The book has lots of great information about theater at the time- how the companies worked, what kinds of pieces they staged, the drama between actors and their employers. Many of these people were HUGE celebrities in their day. There's also some great information about theater booths at St. Bartholomew's Fair every year.
The author does take a great deal of literary license filling in the gaps in her subjects life, but she does weave a wonderful narrative in the process, taking you through the filthy streets of London into the magic of the dark and filthy playhouses and their shining stars.