All posts by Derek Parker


Though women were not admitted to the stage till the return of King Charles, yet it could not be so suddenly supplied with them but that there was still a necessity, for some time, to put the handsomest young man into petticoats – which Kynaston was then said to have worn with success, particularly in the part of Evadne in the Maid’s Tragedy, which I have heard him speak of; and which calls to my mind a ridiculous distress that arose from these sort of shifts which the stage was then put to, the King coming a little before his time to a tragedy found the actors then not ready to begin, when his Majesty, choosing not to have as much patience as his good subjects, sent to them to know the meaning of it, upon which the master of the company came to the box, and rightly judging that the best excuse for their default would be the true one, fairly told his Majesty that the queen was not shaved yet; the King, whose good humour loved to laugh at a jest as well as to make one, accepted the excuse, –

from Representative Actors, now available on yur Kindle.


Just when everyone thought the last word of PARKERS’ ASTROLOGY had been written, lo! here comes a sparkling new edition, brought right up to date and revised in every possible day (well, we had to do something during lock-down). So far alas only available in the UK and America, but no doubt will travel – when travel comes again!