"They've disgraced our trade. Ruined our art. They've put a woman on the stage."
★★★★★ 5 stars THE TELEGRAPH
'This West transfer is a triumph... a stellar event that sends ripples through the theatrical cosmos’
‘Arterton was born to play the part’
★★★★★ 5 stars THE TIMES
‘an absolute treat....it lifts you up and puts a smile on your face’
★★★★ 4 stars THE GUARDIAN
‘Gemma Arterton sparkles’
It is 1660. The Puritans have run away with their drab grey tails between their legs. Charles II has exploded on to the scene with a love of all things loud, French and sexy. At Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who's watching...
Soon afterwards Nell Gwynn was to become one of the first female actresses in London, a long-term mistress of King Charles II and one of the main points of interest in Samuel Pepys's diaries.
During one of the most turbulet periods of the history of England, with the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London both taking place within a year, most public places were shut, including theatres. Nobody knew their Golden Era was only round the corner.
Award winning Gemma Arterton (The Duchess of Malfi, Made in Dagenham, Quantum of Solace) stars as cheeky, charming and clever Nell Gwynn, one of the first and most acclaimed women to appear on the London stage. Jessica Swale's blissfully entertaining comedy celebrates an unlikely heroine, who went from lowly orange seller to win the adoration of the public and the heart of the King.
Following a critically acclaimed and sell-out limited season of 11 performances at Shakespeare's Globe, don't miss this opportunity to see Nell Gwynn in the West End.
★★★★ ‘A delight, silly and serious....full of crowd pleasers, lilting music and sumptuous costumes....there is even a dog.’ The Times
★★★★ ‘Falls between Restoration comedy, My Fair Lady, Carry On films and Blackadder.’ Daily Mail
★★★★ 'ribald, buzzy and thoroughly cheering’ Daily Telegraph
★★★★ ‘Bawdy, playful, highly entertaining.’ The Observer
★★★★ ‘The rollicking tale of a woman who changed history’ Time Out
★★★★ 'a delightful, joyous evening' Financial Times
Age restriction12+ Contains scenes of a sexual nature
Running time2 hours 35 minutes including one interval
Performance dates4 February to 30 April 2016
Recommended age for content 12+: contains scenes of a sexual nature.
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Awards / Features
Olivier Awards 2016 – A Very Biased Overview
The Oliver Awards, 2016. What a night! Whilst I could be objective, fair and diplomatic about the awards, I have decided instead to be openly biased. So, here is my very biased overview of the Oliver Awards 2016 (all in order of personal interest).
4 Apr, 2016 | By Harriet Wilson
Nell Gwynn At The Apollo Theatre: A Triumphant Return For Gemma Arterton
In the 17th century, when King Charles II came to the throne in 1660, the Restoration period is one of great interest in terms of the development of theatre. Not only was this a time where women were first allowed onto the English stage but it is also a time when then monarch had a huge interest in the theatre and what (and who) he saw there.
25 Feb, 2016 | By Harrison Fuller
Reviews / Features
Review: Nell Gwynn Exceeds The Highest Of Expectations
Nell Gwynn, currently playing at the Apollo Theatre, is a flawless show full of life, energy and fun. Having seen a couple of Jessica Swale's previous productions at the Watermill Theatre (Newbury), I had high expectations of Nell Gwynn – and the production exceed these expectations by far.
23 Feb, 2016 | By Harriet Wilson
Reviews / Features
Review: Nell Gwynn Starring Gemma Arterton
Three and a half centuries ago, Nell Gwynn was entertaining crowds with her tremendous wit and stage presence. Today, Gemma Arterton is doing exactly the same thing, while portraying one of the first actresses ever to take to a British stage.
19 Feb, 2016 | By Harriet Hards
Reviews / Features
Review: Nell Gwynn Starring Gemma Arterton At The Apollo Theatre
I went to see Nell Gwynn at the Apollo Theatre with hardly any prior knowledge, I was just keen to explore something new and witness Gemma Arterton in a new West End role. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised at this light-hearted, witty and punchy play.
15 Feb, 2016 | By Molly Richardson