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During the Elizabethan era only men were allowed to act in the theatre until 1660 - it was judged to be unseemly for a woman to undertake such a role. Young boys were therefore hired to act in the female roles. Elizabethan Women's clothing was extremely elaborate and was constructed with many layers of clothing. It would have taken some considerable time, and the help of a dresser, to dress in the costume of a female. Wigs, or periwigs as they were called, were readily available as they were in fashion at the time so this was not a costume problem. However, the make up used by Elizabethan women was! It was lead based and highly poisonous! The young boy actors were therefore very unhealthy, had unpleasant facial skin diseases and a high proportion actually died of poisoning.

Women were permitted to perform in Elizabethan Masques
A great deal of attention is paid the the fact that Lower Class women were not allowed to perform on the Elizabethan stage - it would have been considered to be lewd and highly immoral. This stance was not taken regarding the appearance of Upper Class women in court masques! The mother of Queen Elizabeth certainly performed in masques! The first recorded appearance of Anne Boleyn at the Tudor Court was on March 1, 1522 at a masque! Female members of the Elizabethan court were also permitted to take part in masques! Perhaps the element of disguise allowed for this - vizards or masks were always worn by the performers. But the more probable explanation was that these wealthy women of the court wanted to be included in such an exciting diversion as a masque. The masque provided the opportunity to wear fantastic and opulent costumes! The Elizabethan masque provided the opportunity to show-off their dancing and singing skills! All members of the court, both men and women could take part 'disguising' themselves in these lavish and exotic spectacles. It is therefore no real surprise that women of the Elizabethan court were allowed to perform in masques!

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