Nell Gwynn

 

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Gemma Arterton will become “pretty witty Nell” infamous 17th century actress and “favoured mistress” of Charles II in the Shakespeare’s Globe West End transfer of 2016 Olivier Award winning Nell Gwynn at the Apollo theatre.

Having made her professional stage debut at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in 2007, Arterton went on to star in a string of successful films including playing opposite Daniel Craig’s James Bond in 2008’s Quantum of Solace, she showed her musical side in Made in Dagenham  which opened at the Adelphi theatre in 2014.

A delight, silly and serious….full of crowd pleasers, lilting music and sumptuous costumes….there is even a dog 4 stars The Times

Falls between Restoration comedy, My Fair Lady, Carry On films and Blackadder 4 stars Daily Mail

Ribald, buzzy and thoroughly cheering 4 stars Daily Telegraph

Bawdy, playful, highly entertaining 4 stars The Observer

The year is 1660. England is going through it’s flamboyant Cavalier period with the charismatic King Charles II on the throne sweeping away the drabness of a recent Puritan regime. Times are a changing – not only for the monarchy but within the theatre profession too. At Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know she’s about to become one of the first and most acclaimed women to appear on the London stage.

Winner of Best New Comedy at the 2016 Mastercard Olivier Awards

Jessica Swale’s has written a blissfully entertaining comedy which celebrates an unlikely heroine who, even though she stole the heart of the King and most of the theatre-going public, never-the-less had her critics too “They’ve disgraced our trade. Ruined our art. They’ve put a woman on the stage” one trade pamphlet reported at the time.

Nell Gwynn Theatre Breaks Show File

Theatre: Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7EZ
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus on the Piccadilly & Bakerloo lines
Performance TimesMonday to Saturday 19:30; Wednesday & Saturday 14:30
Previews from : 4th February 2016
Opens: 12th February 2016
Booking to : 30th April 2016
Age suitability : 12 years +