File under: Restoration-Style Revenge, Backstage Betrayal, and Dressed Resembling A Girl
Like all performers of his time, Kynaston is a man, a celebrity famous for his portrayals of Shakespare's tragic female characters. But when King Charles II changes the law to allow women on stage, Kynaston's world is shattered. With the stroke of a pen, he loses his livelihood, his lover, and his sense of self. Now, his former-dresser brings down more applause then he ever did. As the light of his fame begins to fade, fate gives Kynaston one last chance to take the stage -- and reap his revenge.
If you like a certain BBC costume drama, you'll love Compleat Female Stage Beauty.