by Jessica Swale
7 August – 8 September
“They’ve disgraced our trade. Ruined our art. They’ve put a woman on the stage!”
London, 1660. King Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, extravagant and sexy. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is causing stirrings amongst the theatregoers.
Jessica Swale’s exhilarating take on the heady world of Restoration theatre tells of the rise of Nell, from her humble beginnings as an orange peddler to her success as one of England’s most Britain’s most celebrated actress, and mistress of a king.
She’s gutsy, fearless and talented, but at a time when women are second-class citizens, can Nell’s charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the Court?
Though sparkling with ribald humour, cheeky double-entendres, and a cast of larger-than-life characters, this loving tribute to the world of the theatre has an explicitly feminist message at its heart, celebrating a woman far ahead of her time.
Winner: 2016 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy
“A bawdy, witty, engaging romp” The Times
Director Deborah Jones
to be announced
Previews (7 & 8 August) 7:30pm
Thursday – Saturday 7:30pm
Saturday 8 September 2pm only
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