Who were the boy actors in Shakespeare?
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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