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Nell Gwynn


Jessica Swale

music by

Nigel Hess

Directed by Celia Bonner and Mike Rogerson

3rd - 11th December 2021

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

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. 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?

Rehearsal photographs

Nell GwynnLorna Kong
King Charles IISteve Berrington
Charles HartTed Walker
Rose GwynnMel Beswick
NancyBelinda Coghlan
Ma GwynnSonia Dykstra
Lord ArlingtonDavid Reynolds
Queen CatherineVictoria Johnson
Lady CastlemaineGemma Duncan
Louise de KerouailleJessica Trimble
Thomas KilligrewSimon Caporn
Edward KynastonGraham Simmonds
John DrydenAl Fowkes
Ned SpiggetHarris Lerner
Court attendantsSteve Williamson, Alan James, Jessica Trimble, Gemma Duncan
Musical DirectorsChris McClory, Pete Grimshaw
Stage managerSteve Williamson
PromptDiana Boswell
Set designJuliet Jones
PropsFenella Fowkes
ASMAlan James, Donna Johnstone
LightingBruce Williams
SoundMark Seyler
WardrobeLinda Batson, Di James
Rehearsal photographsChris Hills
Ticket SecretaryDenise Soussi, Jane Anderson
House ManagerAnne Cichocki, Fred Donnan, Ronnie Dykstra, Donna Johnstone