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Nell Gwynn

By Jessica Swale

‘a love-letter to theatre.’ The Guardian
‘Gloriously funny and touching...a right royal treat. ’ The Telegraph
‘a delightful, joyous evening.’ Financial Times
‘unfailingly stylish.’ Whats On Stage
‘a rounded portrayal of a woman juggling popular success with genuine romance.’ The Stage
‘pure emancipated joy.’ The Scottish Herald

Winner of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Jessica Swale’s blissfully funny Nell Gwynn embarks on its first ever UK tour, direct from critically acclaimed, sell-out runs in the West End and at the Globe Theatre.

1660 Drury Lane. Charles II has cast off London’s drab, puritanical past with a love of all things loud, French and sexy. A young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence in London’s burgeoning West End theatre scene. Little does she know who is in the audience one fateful night.

Jessica Swale’s warm-hearted, bawdy comedy tells the story of an unlikely heroine, who went from lowly orange seller to win the adoration of the public and the heart of the King

An English Touring Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe co-production.


The Lowry, Salfrod

28 Feb - 4 Mar 2017

Theatre Royal Brighton

7 - 11 Mar 2017

Malvern Theatre

14 - 18 Mar 2017

Cambridge Arts Theatre

21 - 25 Mar 2017

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

28 Mar - 1 Apr 2017

Hall for Cornwall, Truro

4 - 8 Apr 2017

Blackpool Grand Theatre

11 - 15 Apr 2017

Kings Theatre Edinburgh

18 - 22 Apr 2017

Theatre Royal Bath

25 - 29 Apr 2017

Shakespeare's Globe

2 - 13 May 2017

Rehearsal Gallery


Creative Team

Written by

Jessica Swale


Christopher Luscombe


Hugh Durrant

Lighting Designer

Nick Richings

Sound Designer

Jeremy Dunn


Nigel Hess

Associate Director

Matthew Dann

Costume Supervisor

Binnie Bowerman

Wigs Supervisor

Victoria Young


Charlotte Broom

Assistant Choreographer

Maddy Brennan

French Dialect Coach

Sam Alexander

Portuguese Dialect Coach

Alexander Morgan

Rehearsal Pianist

Bob Broad

Production Photographer

Tristram Kenton


Edward Kynaston

Esh Alladi

John Dryden

Nicholas Bishop

Lady Castlemaine / Louise De Kerouaille

Pandora Clifford

Ensemble / Understudy Nell Gwynn & Rose Gwynn

Thea Collings

Lord Arlington

Michael Cochrane

Ensemble / Understudy Nancy, Queen Catherine, Old Ma Gwynn, Lady Castlemaine & Louise De Kerouaille

Phillipa Flynn

Thomas Killigrew

Clive Hayward

William & Ensemble / Understudy Charles Hart, Ned Spigget & Thomas Killigrew

Jack Helsby

Queen Catherine / Old Ma Gwynn

Joanne Howarth

Ned Spigget

George Jennings

Rose Gwynn

Pepter Lunkuse

Charles Hart

Sam Marks

Nell Gwynn

Laura Pitt-Pulford

Charles II

Ben Righton


Mossie Smith
Ensemble / Understudy Lord Arlington, John Dryden & Edward Kynaston Leon Stewart

Musical Director / Woodwinds

Emily Baines

Guitar / Theorbo / Percussion

Arngeir Hauksson

Violin / Woodwinds

Sharon Lindo

Woodwinds / Hurdy-Gurdy

Nicholas Perry