Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale
6 to 13 June 2020

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?

Audition: Date to be announced

Cast

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

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The 20xx-yy season is sponsored by: SC & P Jones (91 Chapel Lane)Builders & Plumbers merchant and bathroom specialists

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