Nell Gwynn is a comedic play with music and dance about the life of the eponymous celebrated orange seller/prostitute who became one of the first women on the English stage and the mistress of King Charles II.

Called "pretty, witty Nell" by Samuel Pepys, Nell has been regarded as a living embodiment of the spirit of Restoration England and has come to be considered a folk heroine, with a story echoing the rags-to-royalty tale of Cinderella. She was the most famous Restoration actress and possessed a prodigious comic talent.

The play, while set in restoration times (around 1670s, after the fire of London and immediately after Cromwell’s period of republic during which theatre was banned), is a very recent work, written by Jessica Swayle only a few years ago and written in completely modern language with a bawdy style. Gemma Arterton made the role famous in the West End in 2016, and won the Olivier Award for Best Actress for her performance.

RHODA McGAW THEATRE
29th Nov - 1st Dec 2018

Tickets £13 - £15
For bookings, please call 01784 240068