Masks and Faces (play)

Masks and Faces is a British historical comedy play written by Charles Reade and Tom Taylor which was first performed in 1852. It features the Irish actress Peg Woffington (1720-1760) as a major character. It proved popular, earning the writers £150.[1] The following year, to capitalize on the play's success Reade wrote a novel Peg Woffington which was also a major hit.


The play and the subsequent novel provided inspiration for a number of films, mostly made during the silent era. These included Peg Woffington (1912), Masks and Faces (1917) and Peg of Old Drury (1935).


  1. Sutherland p.530


  • Sutherland, John. The Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction. Routledge, 2014.
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