Shakespeare's Globe

Nell Gwynn [2017]

Written by: Jessica Swale
Directed by: Christopher Luscombe

1660, Drury Lane.

Charles II has cast off London’s drab, puritanical past with a love of all things loud and sexy. A young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence in the burgeoning West End theatre scene, unaware of who is in the audience one fateful night.

Jessica Swale’s triumphant, joyful, critically-acclaimed play about the unlikely heroine who went from lowly orange seller to national treasure comes home to the Globe for a limited run.

Laura Pitt-Pulford takes on the heroic role of Nell as part of a national tour presented by English Touring Theatre. This production was originally produced at the Globe in 2015 under the artistic direction of Dominic Dromgoole.


  • Designer Hugh Durrant
  • Composer Nigel Hess
  • Choreographer Charlotte Broom
  • Lighting Designer Nick Richings
  • Sound Designer Jeremy Dunn
  • Originally produced by Dominic Dromgoole

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