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Nell Gwynn

By Jessica Swale

19 September – 17 October

Running time:
2 hours 35 mins including an interval 

Tickets
£5 standing
£17 - £43 seats

Creatives

Directed by
Christopher Luscombe

Designed by
Hugh Durrant

Composed by
Nigel Hess

Choreographer 
Charlotte Broom 

Cast 

Graham Butler
John Dryden

Greg Haiste
Edward Kynaston 

Angus Imrie
Ned Spiggett 

Richard Katz
Killigrew

Amanda Lawrence
Nancy 

Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Nell Gwynn

David Rintoul
Arlington

Anneika Rose
Rose Gwynn

David Sturzaker
King Charles II

Jay Taylor
Charles Hart

Sasha Waddell
Lady Castlemaine/Louise de Keroualle

Sarah Woodward
Ma Gwynn/Queen Catherine 

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Please note: this production has transferred to the West End. Find out more and book your tickets.

 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?

Having delighted audiences with Blue Stockings in 2013, writer Jessica Swale returns to the Globe with this vibrant take on life in the theatre in the 17th century.

'British drama specialises in plays about theatre itself... And now Jessica Swale adds to this canon with Nell Gwynn, which threatens to turn into an overnight classic... we can’t imagine a more ideal playwright to bring this most vivid of feminist icons to life'
Culture Whisper

Reviews

★★★★
'An unending delight...'
Evening Standard

★★★★
'This superbly funny new play by Jessica Swale... a wonderfully layered celebration of theatre'
Time Out

★★★★
'Witty, vivacious drama...Gugu Mbatha-Raw is irresistible'
Financial Times

★★★★
'Christopher Luscombe’s ribald, buzzy production is perfectly at home at the Globe... The comedy is note-perfect'
Daily Telegraph

★★★★
'A celebration of the stage for its own sake, and a riotous end-of-term romp'
WhatsOnStage

★★★★
'The life of Nell Gwynn was as vivid as anything fiction could invent and is given a bawdy, playfully anachronistic treatment in this highly entertaining new play'
The Observer

 ★★★★
'Jessica Swale's warm and hearty new play'
Daily Mail 

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'Witty, vivacious drama...Gugu Mbatha-Raw is irresistible'

Financial Times