Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale
Summer 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: May 2021.

Saturday Box Office (11am to 12 noon): May, June 2021.


Nell GwynnLorna Kong
Thomas KilligrewSimon Caporn
Lord ArlingtonDavid Reynolds
NancyBelinda Coghlan
John DrydenMark Jephcott
Lady CastlemaineAlison Fleming
Louise de KeroualleEilidh Pollard
Rose GwynnAbby Cross
Ned Sprigget
Edward Kynaston
Queen KatherineVictoria Johnson
Old Ma GwynnSonia Dykstra
Charles HartTed Walker
Charles IISteve Berrington


This play is sponsored by:
The 2019-20 season is sponsored by: SC & P Jones (91 Chapel Lane)Builders & Plumbers merchant and bathroom specialists


DirectorsCelia Bonner and Mike Rogerson
Musical DirectorsChris McClory and Ann Pattrick
Stage ManagerSteve Williamson
PromptDiana Boswell
WardrobeLinda Batson
Rehearsal photographs
Ticket secretaryPat Pinnock
House Manager
PSCC LiaisonBelinda Coghlan and Ewan Henderson
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