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Who were the boy actors in Shakespeare?

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During the Elizabethan era, women were not allowed to act on the stage. Men believed it would be indecent for them to participate in theater. As a result, the female roles in plays were played by young boys in white make-up and wigs. Boys and young men tended to lack beards, so they were able to more convincingly portray women and girl characters than mature men who had gone through puberty.

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