By Jessica Swale
Originally produced at Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside, London
September 19 - October 17, 2015
About the Premiere Production:
"They've disgraced our trade. Ruined our art. They've put a woman on the stage."
It is 1660. The Puritans have run away with their drab grey tails between their legs. Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, French and sexy. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who's watching.
Nell Gwynn charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain’s most celebrated actress, and her hard-won place in the heart of the king. But at a time when women are second-class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the court? And at what cost?
Having delighted audiences with Blue Stockings in 2013, writer Jessica Swale returns to the Globe with this vibrant take on life in the theatre in the 17th century.
Graham Butler, Greg Haiste, Angus Imrie, Richard Katz, Amanda Lawrnece, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Rintoul, Anneika Rose, David Sturzaker, Jay Taylor, Sasha Waddell, and Sarah Woodward.
Director: Christopher Luscombe
Design: Hugh Durrant
Composer: Nigel Hess
Choreographer: Charlotte Broom
• West End's Apollo Theatre, February 4 - April 30, 2016
• "Theatre review: Nell Gwynn at the Globe," Express, October 2, 2015
• "Nell Gwynn, theatre review: Gugu Mbatha-Raw shines in a rollicking evening’s entertainment," Evening Standard, September 29, 2015