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By Jessica Swale

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Tuesday 2 – Saturday 13 May 2017

Globe Theatre

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TicketsYard (standing) £5 | Gallery (seated) £20 – £45. Under 18s – £3 off all seats in the Globe Theatre Running timeApprox. 2 hours 30 minutes

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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 production 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.


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.


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