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Apollo Theatre
Shaftesbury Ave
London W1D 7ES

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5 Stars
'This gloriously funny and touching bio-drama...a right royal treat'
The Telegraph

5 Stars
'One of the most joyous and magical evenings to be had on the London stage at the moment'
'Bawdy and brilliant West End transfer of Jessica Swale's vivacious comedy'
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
'Arterton shines in the lead role, radiating an appealing pertness and broad knowingness that pwers the show'
'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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Nell Gwynn

Best New Comedy – Olivier Awards 2016

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Thursday 4 February – Saturday 30 April 2016

Apollo Theatre

Mon – Thu: £49.50, £35, £25 (Premium £75) | Fri & Sat: £52.50, £35, £25 (Premium £75)


Written by
Jessica Swale

Directed by
Christopher Luscombe

Designed by
Hugh Durrant

Composed by
Nigel Hess

Charlotte Broom


Gemma Arterton 
as Nell Gwynn 

Paige Carter

Michele Dotrice

Matthew Durkan

Michael Garner
Thomas Killigrew

Greg Haiste
Edward Kynaston

George Jennings

Ellie Leah

Peter McGovern
Ned Spigget

David Rintoul
Lord Arlington

Anneika Rose
Rose Gwynn

Nicholas Shaw
John Dryden

David Sturzaker
Charles II

Jay Taylor
Charles Hart

Sasha Waddell
Lady Castlemaine/ Louise de Keroualle

Sarah Woodward
Old Ma Gwynn/ Queen Catherine 


Presented by
Nica Burns
Eleanor Lloyd Productions
Paula Marie Black

Please note: this production has now closed


She’s back! Jessica Swale’s rip-roaring play Nell Gwynn will open in the West End’s Apollo Theatre in February 2016 following an all-too-brief run at the Globe this summer.

Award-winning actress Gemma Arterton will star as Nell under the direction of Christopher Luscombe. Gemma thrilled audiences when she appeared in The Duchess of Malfi in the first Sam Wanamaker Playhouse season in 2014, and most recently appeared in the West End in Made in Dagenham, for which she won an Evening Standard Award.

Charting the rise of an unlikely theatrical heroine from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain’s most celebrated actress and mistress to the King, Nell Gwynn was called ‘an unending delight’ by the Evening Standard and a ‘superbly funny new play’ by Time Out.

A limited number of day seats will be available from the venue at 10am on the day of each performance priced at £15.

Related events

Post-show talk - Tuesday 29 March

Audience members with tickets for this performance are invited to attend an exclusive post-show talk hosted by playwright Jessica Swale with members of the cast. Cast and company members will discuss their experiences of working on Nell Gwynn and audience members will get the opportunity to ask questions. Don’t miss this unique insight into the play!