Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale
3 to 11 December 2021

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 on to 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?

Booking opens: 1 November for members and 8 November for non-members.

Saturday Box Office (11am to 12 noon): 13, 20, 27 November and 4 December.


Nell Gwynn
Thomas Killigrew
Lord Arlington
John Dryden
Lady Castlemaine
Louise de Keroualle
Rose Gwynn
Ned Sprigget
Edward Kynaston
Queen Katherine
Old Ma Gwynn
Charles Hart
Charles II


This play is sponsored by:


DirectorsCelia Bonner and Mike Rogerson
Musical DirectorsChris McClory and Ann Pattrick
Stage Manager
Rehearsal photographs
Ticket secretary
House Manager
PSCC Liaison
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