The Restoration Theater .
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The Restoration Theater
One major factor in the success of Restoration theatre was the support of Charles II, he took an active interest in Restoration theatre from the start. During his exile, he enjoyed French theatre and he was a huge patron of theatre and helped breathe new life into British drama.
There was two new theatre companies. Led by William Davenant, the Duke's Men was a younger performers, while older, more experienced actors were in The King's Company, led by Thomas Killigrew. While the two companies created new opportunities theatrically and there both was With Charles II’s support.
Charles II allowed for women actors in order to replace boys playing female roles; this led to immoral scenarios . The reaction of having women on stage created something of a mix, but for the most part the reaction of the public was positive .
- Clothing in the Restoration expressed the suppressed feelings of freedom during the Puritan period
- Curls, ribbons puff, flounces and feathers returned to clothing wherever they could be attached
- Masculine and feminine dress began to take on the stiffness and smart elegance that had been abandoned with James I's death