In the history of obsolescence (Betamax, medicinal bleeding, phrenology) few stories can top that of Edward "Ned" Kynaston, an English Restoration-period actor who specialized in female roles when vestigial Puritan regulations prevented women from taking the stage. Kynaston was renowned as a leading lady and was a major celebrity in London until Charles II opened the stage door for women--overnight rendering Kynaston the leading practitioner of a vocation for which there was... More >>>