Timeline

1864-1904 Annie Hindle

2019-03-20T20:52:14+00:00

Years active
1864-1904

Stage Name(s)
Annie Hindle

Category
Male Impersonator

Country of Origin
United Kingdom

Birth – Death
1847-Death unknown (1904 or after)

Bio
Annie Hindle was the first male impersonator to appear on variety stages in the US.  She came to the US in 1868 arriving from England where she had gained performance experience at the […]

1864-1904 Annie Hindle2019-03-20T20:52:14+00:00

1685-1723 Susanna Centlivre

2019-03-20T20:49:56+00:00

Years active
1685-1723

Stage Name(s)
Susanna Centlivre

Category
Breeches Roles

Country of Origin
United Kingdom, England

Day Birth – Day Death
c. 1669 – 1723

Bio
Susanna Centlivre was an actress, poet, and playwright. She was widely considered one of the most influential female playwrights of the eighteenth century. Several of her plays remained popular well into […]

1685-1723 Susanna Centlivre2019-03-20T20:49:56+00:00

1279-1368 A.D. Yuan Dynasty

2019-03-20T20:23:31+00:00

Years active
1279-1368 A.D. Yuan Dynasty

Stage Name(s)
Lao Sheng (old man), Xiao Sheng (young man), Wu Sheng (warrior)

Category
Male Impersonators

Country of Origin
China

Birth – Death
N/A

Bio
The Yuan Dynasty (1279–1369 A. D.) was a prolific era for female performers in the Chinese Opera. Fortunately for us, fourteenth century theatre enthusiast, Xia Tingzhi, […]

1279-1368 A.D. Yuan Dynasty2019-03-20T20:23:31+00:00

960-1279 A.D. Song Dynasty

2019-03-20T20:25:25+00:00

Years active
960-1279 A.D. Song Dynasty

Category
Male Impersonators

Country of Origin
China

Birth – Death
NA

Bio
Through paintings and poetry from the Song Dynasty (960-1279 A.D.) we can confirm that women played prominent roles in Chinese Opera whether as performers or musicians. Figure 4.5 is an illustration of female performers from the Song […]

960-1279 A.D. Song Dynasty2019-03-20T20:25:25+00:00

618-907 A.D. Tang Dynasty

2019-03-20T20:26:31+00:00

Years active
618-907 A.D. Tang Dynasty

Stage Name(s)
Lao Sheng (old man), Xiao Sheng (young man), Wu Sheng (warrior)

Category
Male Impersonators

Country of Origin
China

Birth – Death
N/A

Bio
With great acclaim, we begin Drag King History with the first known presentation of male impersonation which occurred during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) in Chinese Opera.

Origins […]

618-907 A.D. Tang Dynasty2019-03-20T20:26:31+00:00