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Nell Gwynn

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This Nell is a people's heroine, playing to the stalls and courting laughs, but she also has bigger concerns, boldly demanding more from the simpering roles she's cast in

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Why See Nell Gwynn?

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American Premiere

After a raucous run in at London's Globe Theatre this glorious biopic of celebrated actress and mistress to Charles II makes its American premiere this fall! A 17th-century romp full of comedy and merriment, song and dance, Jessica Swale's Oliver winning play follows the fortunes of Nell from her humble beginnings as an orange seller in the theatres of Covent Garden to the most famous and divisive woman in England. From scattered quotes, accounts and paintings, Swale has assembled this restoration icon anew in this fizzing play, and into a modern heroine for the 21st Century.


The year is 1660, and the Puritans have fled, taking Cromwell's austere laws with them. Charles II has exploded onto the London scene, bringing with him a love of all things loud, French and sexy. Over at the Drury Lane Theatre, a loud mouthed young orange seller is plucked from the crowd by an enterprising actor to become the country's first actress, a move that by turns enrages and enraptures baying audiences. But when Charles notices this beguiling newcomer, the changing landscape of the theatre, the court and the city at large is no match for the talents of Nell Gwynn.

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Opening night: 20 September 2018

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