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 Times: Monday 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 +