Gemma Arterton stars as the witty and enchanting Nell Gwynn in the transfer of the Shakespeare’s Globe production. Written by Jessica Swale and directed by Christopher Luscombe, Nell Gwynn follows the true story of one of Britain’s first actresses and how she rose to fame in a time when women were not allowed to perform, winning the heart of the rambunctious King Charles II on her way. Arterton most recently appeared as Rita O’Grady in Made in Dagenham, for which she received an Evening Standard Theatre Award. Nell Gwynn received huge critical acclaim when it opened in September, and promises to be a gripping production. Previews begin on February 4th, with the official opening of the play on February 12th 2016.
What a great show. I laughing for 2.5 hours The actors were really talented and the play was both touching and amusing. The play was written and directed in a way that gave the piece many facets Nell Gwyn is really recommendable. Thanks soooo much to all who have been involved in this great play :o)
Mikkel Mortensen1 Mar 2016
What a great show. I laughing for 2.5 hours The actors were really talented and the play was both touching and amusing. The play was written and directed in a way that gave the piece many facets Nell…
Mikkel Mortensen1 Mar 2016
This show was absolutely brilliant! Splendidly funny. Wonderfully entertaining! Huge CONGRATULATIONS to Gemma Arteton and all the cast, and to all that we’re involved in the production of this splendid show! What a great treat!!! Highly recommend anyone thinking of going to see it, Don’t hesitate, you won’t be disappointed!!!!
Mrs M Walker22 Feb 2016
This show was absolutely brilliant! Splendidly funny. Wonderfully entertaining! Huge CONGRATULATIONS to Gemma Arteton and all the cast, and to all that we’re involved in the production of this…
After a critically-acclaimed, sell-out season at Shakespeare’s Globe, Jessica Swale’s rollicking restoration play Nell Gwynn transfers to the Apollo Theatre in February 2016, starring Gemma Arterton. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the play follows the true story of the exuberant Nell Gwynn, who rose from lowly orange-seller to England’s favourite actress.
Nell Gwynn is the recent recipient of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, up against stiff competition from Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Hand to God and A Christmas Carol. Further Olivier Award nominations included Gemma Arterton for Best Actress, alongside Michele Dotrice, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Set in 1660, Nell Gwynn pays her way by selling oranges on Drury Lane, unaware that she has a very secret and very royal admirer. After returning from exile and being restored to the throne, Charles II brings with him a love of all things French, which soon transforms London. In an age where women were not allowed on stage, Gwynn battles to become one of Britain’s favoured actresses, winning the heart of Charles II on the way.
Described by Samuel Pepys as ‘pretty, witty Nell,’ Arterton will play the charming and cheeky Nell. Don’t miss out on what is yet another successful West End transfer. Nell Gwynn opened at the Apollo Theatre on February 12th and is set to play until April 30th 2016.
Cast and Creative
Nell Gwynn is directed by Christopher Luscombe, whose credits include Spamalot and The Madness of King George III, starring David Haig. The play also features design by the prolific Hugh Durrant, with original compositions by Nigel Heiss.
Gemma Arterton stars as Nell, after most recently appearing as Rita O’Grady inMade in Dagenham, which won her an Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Newcomer in a Musical. Well-known for her role in St Trinians, Arterton has also appeared inThe Quantum of Solace and Tamara Drewe, and was also the title role in The Duchess of Malfi in 2014 at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Further cast members include Michele Dotriceas Nancy,Michael Garneras Thomas Killigrew, Greg Haiste as Edward Kynaston,Peter McGovernas Ned Spigget,David Rintoulas Lord Arlington,Anneika Roseas Rose Gwynn,Nicholas Shawas John Dryden,David Sturzakeras Charles II,Jay Tayloras Charles Hart,Sasha Waddellas Lady Castlemaine/Louise de Keroualle and Sarah Woodwardas Old Ma Gwynn/Queen Catherine. Ensemble members includePaige Carter, Matthew Durkan, George LenningsandEllie Leah.
Show Lengths and Times
Nell Gwynn opened at the Apollo Theatre London on February 12th and is set to run until April 30th 2016. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm.
Show running time is approximately 2hrs and 35mins, including an interval.
Suitable for Children?
Nell Gwynn is recommended for ages 12 and up, with adult language and references of a sexual nature. Please note that the Apollo Theatre does not supply booster seats.
Tickets for Nell Gwynn at the Apollo Theatre London are now on sale and you can book them above.