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Apollo Theatre, London4.7170 reviews

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"They've disgraced our trade. Ruined our art. They've put a woman on the stage."

Nell Gwynn
★★★★★ 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 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

Additional Information

Age restriction

12+ Contains scenes of a sexual nature

Running time

2 hours 35 minutes including one interval

Performance dates

4 February to 30 April 2016

Special notes

Recommended age for content 12+: contains scenes of a sexual nature.

Venue Information

Apollo TheatreShaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EZ

Group Pricing

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Special Offer

Nell Gwynn Ticket Offer Details


Buy a Band A ticket £49.50 and be upgraded to a Premium ticket.
Buy a Band B ticket £35 and be upgraded to a Band A ticket.
Buy a Band C ticket £25 and be upgraded to a Band B ticket.
Valid Monday - Thursday 7 - 14th April.
Subject to availability

Customer Reviews

170 reviews4.7

Brian Clarke7th May

Really fantastic theatre. A little, but only a little bawdy humour. Great, great fun and enjoyed by all of the group

Robert McCrae1st May

A very impressive performance from all the actors involved in this comedy drama. Gemma Arterton is talented and gorgeous in the role of Nell.

Juliette AGBOTON1st May

It was amazing and so refreshing! Miss Arterton and her wonderful castmates made us smile, cry a bit and laugh a lot! It was marvelous (so much that I saw it twice)!

Fiona Taylor1st May

Last night of the show. So lucky to have been able to see it. What can I say? 5 star show!

Janine Wynne1st May

Really funny, visually sumptuous and Gemma Areteton glowed.

Anne Champion1st May

Absolutely fantastic from the opening music to final curtain it was excellent . Just wish I had come sooner so I could see it again.

Trevor Cox30th April

A lively evening, providing rollicking good fun, made for a great night out!

Mrs J May30th April

An extremely funny, exciting play with great acting and comedy. I would highly recommend it.

Damiela Loetzsch30th April

An amazing performance from all the cast! I just wanted to jump off my chair and join the singing and dancing on stage. Couldn't hide my huge smile that night, and I enjoyed every single minute. Shame the play is finished but I hope it will be back one day as I would love to see it again. What a happy evening I had.

Margaret Wendlandt30th April

Absolutely marvelous. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Charles Bell29th April

I thought it was very enjoyable and entertaining. I am biased as it's also my favourite period in history but they show also lived up to my expectations as well

Luke Bennett29th April

Really enjoyable night out