Tour Venues

The Lowry, Salford
Wednesday 1 – Saturday 4 March 2017
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Theatre Royal Brighton
Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 March 2017
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Malvern Theatre
Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 March 2017
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Cambridge Arts Theatre
Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 March 2017
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Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Tuesday 28 March – Saturday 1 April 2017
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Hall for Cornwall
Tuesday 4 – Saturday 8 April 2017
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The Grand, Blackpool
Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 April 2017
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Edinburgh Kings Theatre
Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 April 2017
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Theatre Royal Bath
Tuesday 25 – Saturday 29 April 2017
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5 Stars
'This gloriously funny and touching bio-drama...a right royal treat'
The Telegraph

5 Stars
'Bawdy and brilliant'
The Stage

5 Stars
'An absolute treat...a bawdy, witty, engaging romp'
The Times

4 Stars
'The play itself cannily mixes Carry On double-entendres with an explicitly feminist message'
The Guardian

4 Stars
'This is an out-and-out celebration of the fun of theatre and a warm-hearted comedy about performing and pretending'
The Arts Desk

4 Stars
'A blissful whirl of theatricals'
Evening Standard 

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Wednesday 1 March – Friday 29 April 2017

Touring to venues in the UK

Running Time
Approx. 2 hours 30 minutes


Written by
Jessica Swale

Christopher Luscombe

Hugh Durrant

Nigel Hess

Charlotte Broom

Lighting Designer
Nick Richings

Sound Designer
Jeremy Dunn 

Originally Produced by
Dominic Dromgoole 


Esh Alladi
Edward Kynaston

Nicholas Bishop
John Dryden

Pandora Clifford
Lady Castlemaine / Louise de Keroualle

Thea Collings

Michael Cochrane
Lord Arlington

Phillipa Flynn

Clive Hayward
Thomas Killigrew

Jack Helsby

Joanne Howarth
Queen Catherine / Old Ma Gwynn

Pepter Lunkuse
Rose Gwynn

George Jennings
Ned Spigget

Sam Marks
Charles Hart

Laura Pitt-Pulford
Nell Gwynn 

Ben Righton
Charles II

Mossie Smith

Leon Stewart


Presented by
English Touring Theatre in association with Nica Burns, Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Paula Marie Black

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Please note: This tour has now closed.

Winner of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy


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.


Brought to you by English Touring Theatre, Jessica Swale’s warm hearted, bawdy bio-drama tells the story of an unlikely heroine, who went from lowly orange seller to win the adoration of the public and the heart of the King.

Nell Gwynn embarks on its first ever UK tour direct from a critically acclaimed, sell out run in the West End.