A new comedy by Jessica Swale

Apollo Theatre, London 2016


WINNER! Best New Comedy, Olivier Awards 2016

★★★★★ ‘A triumph… The sort of stellar event that sends ripples through the theatrical cosmos’
Daily Telegraph

★★★★★ ‘An absolute treat… It lifts you up and puts a smile of your face’
The Times

“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 onto 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.

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.

★★★★ ‘Gemma Arterton a joy in this blissful whirl’
Evening Standard

★★★★ ‘Jessica Swale’s sparky play is brimful of anughty lines, doubles entendres and deliciously dirty jokes’
The Metro

★★★★ ‘Gemma Arterton brings a natural sparkle and ebullient spirit to the title role of Nell Gwynn’
The Guardian

★★★★★ ‘One of the most joyous and magical evenings to be had on the London stage’
The Stage


Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Director Christopher Luscombe
Designer Hugh Durrant
Composer Nigel Hess
Choreographer Charlotte Broom
Lighting Nick Richings
Sound Jeremy Dunn

Presented by Nica Burns, Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Paula Marie Black 

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