By Jessica Swale
19 September – 17 October
2 hours 35 mins including an interval
£17 - £43 seats
King Charles II
Lady Castlemaine/Louise de Keroualle
Ma Gwynn/Queen Catherine
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'
'An unending delight...'
'This superbly funny new play by Jessica Swale... a wonderfully layered celebration of theatre'
'Witty, vivacious drama...Gugu Mbatha-Raw is irresistible'
'Christopher Luscombe’s ribald, buzzy production is perfectly at home at the Globe... The comedy is note-perfect'
'A celebration of the stage for its own sake, and a riotous end-of-term romp'
'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'
'Jessica Swale's warm and hearty new play'
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