|Directed by: Christopher Luscombe
Written by: Jessica Swale
Produced by: Shakespeare’s Globe
Production year: 2015
Original release: September 19, 2015 – October 17, 2015
Opening Night: September 19, 2015
Other cast: Graham Butler, Greg Haiste, Angus Imrie
It is 1660. The Puritans have run away with their drab grey tails between their legs. Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, French and sexy. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who’s watching.
Nell Gwynn charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain’s most celebrated actress, and her hard-won place in the heart of the king. But at a time when women are second-class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the court? And at what cost?
Having delighted audiences with Blue Stockings in 2013, writer Jessica Swale returns to the Globe with this vibrant take on life in the theatre in the 17th century.
‘British drama specialises in plays about theatre itself… And now Jessica Swale adds to this canon with Nell Gwynn, which threatens to turn into an overnight classic… we can’t imagine a more ideal playwright to bring this most vivid of feminist icons to life’