Edward "Ned" Kynaston (Billy Crudup) encounters that vary problem. Ned is an actor living in the 1660s when women were forbidden to appear on stage. Because women couldn't act, men held the honor of playing women. Thus, Ned is England's most celebrated leading lady, profiting handsomely from his femininity. Currently, he's Desdemona in the Betterton Theatre production of Othello. His career couldn't be better. His co-stars envy him. Audiences adore him. But when King Charles II (Rupert Everett) grows tired of the same old stage routines, Ned gets the surprise of his life.
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