Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as a celebrated actress and hard won place in the heart of King Charles II. It is set in the heady world of Restoration theatre when, after the restrictions of the Puritans, everyone was after a good time. But at a time when women are second class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of court?
This bawdy, funny and poignant play premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe, London in 2015. It transferred to the West End the following year winning the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.
Ned Spiggett – SHAUN LAWSON : Heckler – DON PRIOR : Nell Gwynn – BETHANY STRAIN :
Charles Hart – STUART LANDRETH : Rose Gwynn – ROISIN BOURKE : Thomas Killigrew – DAVID LYNCH :
John Dryden – JONATHAN ALLEN : Edward Kynaston – JIM UNDERWOOD : Nancy – JULIE ATKINSON :
King Charles II – ANDY FOX : Arlington – GEORGE KINSEY : Lady Castlemaine – FIONA COOK :
Queen Catherine of Braganza – CHRISTINE WALKER : Ma Gwynn – ANN HUMBLE :
Louise de Keroualle – MARIA HUNTER : Ensemble – RACHEL BARNES & AMBER PARKS
Set Design and Construction – David Grimshaw (Assisted by Linda Cuthbert, Ben Thompson, Alex Farr, Margaret Farr and Ray Paris)
Lighting and Sound – Mark Brookes